But even then, Microsoft is certain to leverage its existing enterprise footprint by virtue of its lead in the software and server markets for both consumers as well as corporate environments. For that matter, in addition to the upcoming release of Windows 8, the company will also be releasing a new version of Office 15 and Server 2012. So from a market that remains in constant search of these so-called "catalysts," here's a couple more.

Bottom line

Clearly this is not your father's Microsoft and this upcoming version of the company is one that appears to push the clock back at least 15 years when the company had the world by the collar and demanding its lunch money. Although this is now a new world -- one that is not as "PC-friendly" as Microsoft would like, but the company now appears keen on adapting to the mobile crave and determined to compete effectively now and in the coming years. It now clearly has gotten the attention of Apple and that should be taken as a sign that the company should also garner attention from investors. While this is indeed not the Microsoft of old -- for a lot of reasons, that is justification enough to jump on the stock right here.

At the time of publication, the author was long MSFT, AAPL, ORCL and held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

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