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.