A Potential Red Flag for Microsoft

With the PC market flagging in general at the moment due to tablet sales disrupting what was once a reliable PC upgrade cycle, many Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) investors were hoping that the company's new operating system, Windows 8, would rekindle consumer interest and drive a lot of PC sales. However, consumer market research group NPD recently released a study saying that Microsoft-based PC sales were down by more than 20% over the last month. In this video, Motley Fool analyst Andrew Tonner talks about why this could be a real red flag for Microsoft investors, and may affect the investing thesis in the company. He also highlights some potential margins for error in the study itself.

It's been a frustrating path for Microsoft investors, who've watched the company fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is looking to make a splash in this booming market. In this brand-new premium report on Microsoft, our analyst explains that while the opportunity is huge, the challenges are many. He's also providing regular updates as key events occur, so make sure to claim a copy of this report now by clicking here.

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  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2012, at 8:12 PM, 4melody wrote:

    Lots to ponder for sure but I still have confidence that MSFT aka Mr. Softy will be able to turn themselves around and head toward the head of the pack of new tablets, OS's and games (XBOX)!

  • Report this Comment On December 05, 2012, at 4:44 PM, magnaman1969 wrote:

    I live in a city of 350,000 people and i don't know one person who owns a smartphone running windows.....never even seen one. It's like the fabled Jack-a-lope...heard of it...but never seen one.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2012, at 9:06 AM, 4melody wrote:

    They do exist running Windows 8. There are numerous college students with Surface Tablets and Windows phones. There seems to be a real divide between IPADS and Windows. Students can be seen using one or the other but seldom both!

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