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Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) spilled a lot of ink promoting its WIndows 8 operating system, but early reviews were tepid. This follows closely with Microsoft's track record of having success with every other operating system. However, while Microsoft has weathered the storm in the past due to a lack of meaningful competition, it never had a $270 billion threat standing in its way like Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) . 

When it comes to integrated operating systems across devices like tablets, personal computers, and mobile devices, both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) and Google are significantly ahead of the curve. Microsoft may not be able to risk another flop with Google and Apple's cloud-supported operating systems on the line.

However, despite all this competition to Microsoft's Windows 8, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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  • Report this Comment On March 22, 2013, at 6:58 PM, techy46 wrote:

    When it comes to integrated operating systems across devices like tablets, personal computers, and mobile devices, both Apple and Google are significantly ahead of the curve.

    YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING? You guys have been drinking way to much Apple and Googel Kool Aid. Apple's got two OS'es both of which are Unix dressed up in girly monkey interfaces and Google's an advertising virus infecting mobile devices in 31 flavors. Neith Apple or Google have an enterprise OS to host real applications or cloud based content.

  • Report this Comment On March 23, 2013, at 12:40 AM, benrhanson wrote:

    Gasp, Google is Microsoft's competitor? I hadn't realized!

    In all seriousness, I was expecting a much more interesting topic with that title. This is why I prefer Seeking Alpha. (Well also, they don't spam me with ads.)

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