Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been beaten up in the media over disappointing Windows 8 sales and the apparent flow of the Surface tablet, but that's given investors a great opportunity to get value in the stock. Trading at nine times next year's earnings estimates, with 30% of its market cap in cash, and seeing only pure upside in the mobile market, Microsoft has become safe stock to own with growth potential going forward. 

We're not going to see Microsoft put up growth numbers that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might have, but it is still a dominant company in a variety of very stable markets. In this video, I cover the three top reasons to buy the stock. 

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