NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With a single verdict in its patent infringement case against South Korean tech giant Samsung, Apple (AAPL - Get Report), the world's largest company was able to widen its lead by immediately crippling two of its rivals -- the other being search giant Google (GOOG - Get Report). However, in an interesting twist of irony, it opened the door for Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report), a company marred in the shadows of all three giants.The angle is, since Microsoft is a "non-Android" platform, it stands to reason that developers will now consider it a worthy alternative -- one that is absent of the mess and clutter created by the verdict. It seems for "Mr. Softy," stars are now aligning and you might say "Windows are opening." The only question is, will it seize the opportunity?
Can Microsoft Finally Break Free?
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