Is Microsoft a Stock to Own in 2014? Two Fools Debate

With the year rapidly coming to an end, investors may be thinking about which stocks they want in their portfolios in 2014. In this segment, Two Fools Debate, Fool editor Jamal Carnette and contributor Sam Mattera discuss whether investors should own Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  )  in 2014.

Sam expects another year of solid performance for Microsoft. Although Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) continue to weigh on Microsoft's Windows business with their mobile operating systems, Sam thinks the transition to cloud computing should benefit Microsoft. At the same time, the traditional PC won't go away overnight.

In contrast, Jamal thinks investors should be cautious. After Microsoft's tremendous run in 2013, much of the company's transition to cloud services may already be priced into the stock. At the same time, Microsoft's mobile efforts haven't caught on just yet, and the prospect of a management shake-up leaves some uncertainty surrounding the company's future.

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  • Report this Comment On December 28, 2013, at 2:19 AM, badgerzilla wrote:

    I don't mean to be to judge but does orientation count because if it does then this should not be broadcast.

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2013, at 8:18 PM, FREEHIKER wrote:

    With the lack of privacy, and MS snooping with the new OS, I'm ready to switch to apple or Linux or anything. And from what I'm hearing from people I know, so are a lot of others. I'm thinking it's time to dump my MS stock. Just my opinion.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:20 PM, MrGreeves wrote:

    Freehiker,

    you are better off staying with Microsoft if snooping is your concern. Google makes the majority of its money from going through all your files. Apple isn't anymore secure than MS and most of their software only works with their products.

    MS is increasing its footprint in mobile and also making their own hardware. Their OS is more secure than ever. Bing has finally been fully implemented and should now start making money. The Xbox One is set to replace pretty much all inputs in the living room media center area if they execute it properly.

    They also have Windows Phone 8.1 being released in the next couple months which should greatly improve the OS. I'm really looking forward to the Cortana personal assistant.

    2014 is going to be a growing year for Microsoft.

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