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Microsoft Hits 52-Week High, Set to Crush $50

After Microsoft reportedly lowered the cost of Windows 8 for low-cost tablets and other sub-$250 devices, the company is believed to be attacking Google at the root. Microsoft is expected to begin offering Windows Mobile free of charge to manufacturers in India, one of the largest smartphone markets in the world.

Pendola characterizes the move as more desperation than aggression. I'll happily concede and offer a suggestion that a management finding complacency will have a difficult time finding profits. Once again, I point to BlackBerry as exhibit A of what not to do when you're the leader.

With a 3.2% mobile platform market share, Microsoft has the desperation or luxury to shift from monetizing because there isn't another choice, to monetizing smartly based on real competitors that will take market share quickly. Pendola quotes an article that depicts margins getting squeezed, but as popular the conjecture may be, it's difficult to actually find evidence to support it. A glance at the profit margin chart illustrates why.

MSFT Profit Margin (Quarterly) Chart

Keep in mind that my bullish Microsoft stance doesn't necessarily mean I'm bearish on Apple or Google. It simply means that given a choice of where to place my money, Microsoft is my first choice. For long-term value investors, Microsoft continues to offer one of the most attractive investments available.

At the time of publication, Weinstein had no positions in securities mentioned.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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