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2 Stocks Microsoft Is Hunting (Hint: Not Apple)

Tim Beyers
December 24, 2010

So what if Windows Phone 7 doesn't have the allure of the iPhone? The device is selling well, and that's a problem for Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) .

In a Q&A posted earlier this week, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) executive Achim Berg said manufacturers had sold 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets in the operating system's first six weeks of release. More than 4,000 apps are now live in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace.

No doubt those numbers sound small when compared with the hundreds of thousands of iPhones and Android handsets activated daily. So be it. No one, not even Microsoft, is pretending that Windows Phone 7 is in a position to dethrone Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL