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    Whatever the validity of Microsoft's grandiose claims for the next version of Windows, one major change could have big implications for MSFT stock.

    To be sure, consumer reaction will affect the sales of Windows 10, which will have a direct impact on Microsoft stock.

    But many suspect that a change to the way the software is sold - something Microsoft declined to discuss - could have a much more lasting impact on MSFT stock.

    This will be the real legacy of Windows 10…

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Microsoft Stock (MSFT): The Comeback Has Only Just Begun

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While the $2.5 billion acquisition of "Minecraft" game maker Mojang announced today (Monday) will benefit Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), that's just one of many reasons that Microsoft stock is making a comeback.

Since taking over in February, new CEO Satya Nadella has made all the right moves, and has reversed more than a decade of stagnation for MSFT stock.

But the movement we’ve seen so far is just a hint of what’s to come…

How Microsoft Stock (MSFT) Benefits from Buying "Minecraft"

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While it may seem an odd move by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, a rumored deal that the tech giant is trying to buy the company that makes the popular Minecraft game could deliver some benefits for Microsoft stock.

It would be the first major deal initiated by Nadella since he took the CEO post, and it's one few would have predicted given the nature of the gaming company and Nadella's seeming disinterest in gaming.

And yet there are reasons the acquisition could be a smart move, and ultimately could help Microsoft stock.

These Two Tech Stocks to Buy Are Beating the S&P 500 – Again

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At their peak, Microsoft and Intel dominated the personal-computing market, accounting for roughly 95% of sales.

As a result of their unique fit, both companies made thousands of shareholders rich. They have lagged in recent years, but thanks to new leadership at both firms, they're back to beating the S&P 500 once again.

These two are a couple of the best tech stocks to buy out there. Here’s why.

How to Play Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock as It Trades at 14-Year Highs

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Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock has climbed 42% in the last year and has reached its highest value in more than 14 years.

So how should investors play MSFT stock now that it's trading at such high levels?

Money Morning's Defense and Tech Specialist Michael Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." yesterday (Tuesday) and told investors why he's bullish on MSFT stock, and how they should play the stock now...

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Four Bullish Catalysts Driving Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock After Earnings Release


Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock was flat in after-hours trading Tuesday after the company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.55 and revenue of $23.38 billion.

Revenue beat expectations of $23 billion, but EPS missed analysts' estimates of $0.60 for the quarter. However, Microsoft attributed the earnings miss to its acquisition of Nokia Corp. (NYSE ADR: NOK), which the company said accounted for a loss of $0.08 per share.

And while Microsoft’s revenue totals should send the stock higher in the short term, there are four catalysts that are really driving MSFT stock higher…

Microsoft Stock Up on Job Cut News – and Headed for More Gains


Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be cutting 18,000 jobs, a move that will eliminate 14% of the company's workforce. Following the news, Microsoft stock was up 3% in morning trading.

It's clear that the layoffs are meant to streamline Microsoft's business. Nadella also contends that the job cuts will help Microsoft modernize its engineering processes.

That has investors bullish on Microsoft stock. But where is it headed long term? Here’s how MSFT will perform for the next several months…

MSFT: How This Wearable Tech Dark Horse Just Changed the Rules


If you asked most tech pundits which tech titan was most likely to win the wearable tech wars, few would give Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) much of a chance.

You see, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant has a big problem as it enters the wearable tech arena. Its Windows platform, while still dominant on the desktop, is an also-ran in a mobile world dominated by Apple and Google.

But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is changing the rules.

In fact, Nadella's move is so brilliant, it could completely change how the wearable tech wars will be fought...

Future of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Hinges on the Cloud

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In his first “report card” since taking the reins of Microsoft Corp. in February, CEO Satya Nadella showed why he was exactly the right choice to get MSFT stock moving again.

Microsoft beat expectations in when it reported earnings Thursday mostly on the strength of its cloud computing products – Nadella’s area of expertise, and the single most promising business segment for the Redmond-Wash.-based tech giant.

The small bump Microsoft stock enjoyed as a result is just the start, however. Here’s why MSFT could double from here.

Can Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Avoid the Microsoft Syndrome?

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Although Apple Inc. stock is up about 8% on the strength of an earnings beat and several shareholder-friendly announcements, the real question is whether the tech giant can keep the stock moving higher.

But Apple today could easily turn into the next Microsoft Corp. in the last decade - a company making mountains of money with a stock that stayed flat.

These similarities between Apple now and Microsoft then should be keeping Apple CEO Tim Cook up at night...

Why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Is Going to $100

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It usually pays to heed the advice of Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani when looking for stocks to buy now.

Since Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, first recommended Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock last summer, MSFT is up about 16%.

But Gilani believes MSFT can get all the way to $100 a share.

In this Q&A with <strong><em>Money Morning</em></strong> Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani explains why....

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock at 14-Year High, Mobile Success Would Send It Higher


Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock reached its highest price since 2000 today (Tuesday) following reports that the tech company will release a version of its "Office" software for Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad.

In morning trading, MSFT touched $39.90 per share. That was a 5% increase from yesterday's close.

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Two Numbers Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Doesn't Want Investors to See

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Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) new CEO Satya Nadella could bring the company what it's been missing, as we recently pointed out, but Nadella will have to tackle two very troubling numbers just reported for Microsoft.

These are figures that give us a glimpse of what could prevent MSFT stock from climbing in 2014 following its 40.9% rise last year.

These numbers were just released last week - and they're ugly.

Here's the story...

The Next Microsoft CEO Will Look a Lot Like This

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Microsoft shareholders suffered through a lost decade of near stagnation under the leadership of CEO Steve Ballmer. Now that Ballmer is set to retire, Microsoft has an opportunity to choose a CEO who can do a much better job of converting the tech titan's potential into shareholder value. The company has at least five names on its list, but

this is the person with the most realistic shot at turning Microsoft around...