The recent statistics released by Gartner regarding the worldwide sale of devices including smartphones, tablets, and PCs, could lead you to conclude that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is in trouble. Rather than accept this as pure reality, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses different perspectives on the numbers in the video below. While it would be difficult to argue that Microsoft is keeping pace with either Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) or Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) on certain fronts, Microsoft continues to have its unique strengths.

Considering alternate views on a given stock or company can often give you an edge, so accepting the conventional wisdom on Microsoft may leave important information behind.

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