If you want growth-at-a-reasonable price (GARP) and PE ratios that makes sense and you want to limit the amount of downside risk, then again MSFT is the comparative winner. Unless Netflix has a secret success formula that it will be unveiling later this month, it is still in my opinion surprisingly overpriced. It is still the leader at what it does, but the competition is heating up on a number of fronts. Microsoft will step into the earnings confessional on Oct. 18, so we won't have to wait long to hear how it has fared in the last quarter and what kind of guidance it'll offer. With Windows 8 and the Tablet about to be launched, Microsoft should have some good news that'll translate to an elevation in their share price. Accumulate carefully ahead of their earnings and upcoming guidance. As of the time of publication the author has a position in MSFT. Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real money portfolio for his charitable trust- enjoy advance notice of every trade, full access to the portfolio, and deep coverage of the latest economic events and market movements.This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.