The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.
Just ahead of that report, Microsoft said its personal computer sales in the fourth quarter of 2011 could be lower than projected because of the floods in Thailand. Analysts had projected a 1% decrease in PC shipments last quarter, but Microsoft indicated that it could be even lower.
Most desktops and personal computers run the Windows OS by Microsoft. Other competitors include Mac OS X by Apple (AAPL) and open source Linux distributions. Windows is one of Microsoft's most profitable businesses and accounts for around 25% of the $32 Trefis price estimate for Microsoft, which stands nearly 15% above the market price.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV