Software giant Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has enjoyed healthy gains this year, in part due to optimism around activist investor ValueAct taking a decent stake and now trying to score a board seat. The PC market continues to struggle, and Microsoft has not made much progress with penetrating the tablet market with its Surface products, either. 

In the following video, Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, and Eric Bleeker, CFA, discuss how Microsoft's year is going so far. Do you think Microsoft is a having a great year -- or are the challenges it faces too much to overcome? Tell us in a comment in the box below.

Eric Bleeker, CFA, has no position in any stocks mentioned. Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple and Microsoft. 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.