Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and its shareholders were recently thrown for a loop when news broke that longtime CEO Steve Ballmer would relinquish his grip on the software giant at some point in the coming year. Investors greeted the news with a newfound enthusiasm as many believe this could give Microsoft the new lease on life it so badly needs as it tries to break into the booming mobile space. However, the company faces stiff competition from the more established players in the mobile space like Apple and Google. So putting it all together, what does this mean for investors? In this video, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner breaks down his perspective for Microsoft's stock and how he thinks investors should play it today.

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