The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which technology editor and analyst Andrew Tonner and industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discuss topics across the investing world.

In this extension of the Fool's "Should You Love This Dow Stock?" series, Andrew and Brendan turn their attention to software heavyweight Microsoft. Microsoft is one of the best-performing Dow components year-to-date, largely as a result of several forward-looking moves by the company. And though it certainly has some positive momentum providing a nice tailwind -- and the still-dominant foothold in the software arena -- the company faces an uphill battle to entrench itself in the next generation of technology. Listen in to see what Andrew thinks of Microsoft's road ahead.

Andrew Tonner has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Brendan Byrnes owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Nokia. 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.