NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It has been a couple of weeks since software giant Microsoft (MSFT) told its OEM partners Hewlett-Packard (HPQ - Get Report) and Dell (DELL) they now have to start carrying their own weight.In revealing its plans for the Surface tablet bearing its own name, Microsoft has essentially proclaimed its hardware independence. The implication is that it wants to stomach the responsibility for its own successes and failures -- the same model that has helped Apple (AAPL) become the largest company in the world while sending Research in Motion (RIMM) in a death spiral toward irrelevance.
Death of the PC Not the Death of HP, Dell
Check Out Our Best Services for Investors
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
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
- Model portfolio
- Stocks trading below $10
- Intraday trade alerts
More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.