In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Microsoft squares off against Whole Foods in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each other as they make the case for their stocks, with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner makes the case for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to advance to the next round because, after years of dragging its feet in mobile, Microsoft finally could be poised to make key inroads into this key tech space. And, thanks to its robust financial foundation, Microsoft still has plenty of flexibility to allow its new management team to pursue new opportunities. This could have significant payoffs for those who still believe that Microsoft's best days are ahead of it.

Motley Fool Consumer Goods editor Mark Reeth believes that Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM) has a lot of growth ahead of it. Although the company has been top dog in the natural food revolution for years, the healthy-eating trend is only getting stronger in the United States. That's why, despite the fact that the company has approximately 370 stores in total, it sees room for a total of 1,200, and will continue opening stores to hit that goal. When it does open new stores, they turn a profit quickly, with same-store sales at locations open for less than two years hitting 20% this last quarter. 

Watch these analysts square off in the video below, and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Andrew Tonner has no position in any stocks mentioned. Mark Reeth has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool owns shares of Microsoft and Whole Foods Market. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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