Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares have been off to the races this year, having gained about 33% year to date, which has handily outperformed the Nasdaq Composite Index. In this video, Fool contributor Steve Heller gets to the root of what's been driving this rally and whether Microsoft is likely to exit its decade of sideways performance.

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