Facing lackluster performance from the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface RT and Surface Pro, the company is hoping that, by turning to businesses through resellers like CDW, sales can improve. The Microsoft-branded tablets face stiff competition from both Apple and Google, and sales figures have shown it. In addition to opening distribution channels, Mr. Softy is rolling out a program to encourage developers to work on new apps in an effort to become more competitive.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman examines the move by Microsoft, and how it positions the company heading into the second half of the year.

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