Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT)
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the world's largest software company. It's also the world's largest afterthought for most investors.
"It's an ancient relic," they say, "Apple and Google are the only games in town."
Or there is always this complaint: "Microsoft has no attractive products and there is no growth"...blah, blah, blah.
This ongoing apathy is one of the reasons why Microsoft stock has been stuck in the doldrums for years.
But if you are willing to look a little deeper, you'll discover this sleeping giant is coming out of its long slumber - and it's hungry.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to try and convince you that Microsoft is ready to change its stripes and become a full-scale growth company. Microsoft is what it is - the seller of the market-dominant PC operating system, Windows, and the seller of the market-dominant workplace productivity software, Office.
However, it does have the potential to become a major competitor in future growth markets like smartphones, tablets and enterprise solutions.