Why Microsoft (MSFT) Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft (MSFT) was gaining 1.4% to $38.40 Friday following reports that the software company is preparing to release a free version of Windows 8.1 as an upgrade for Windows 7 users.

A report from The Verge says Microsoft is experimenting with a version of Windows called "Windows 8.1 with Bing" that will come bundled with a number of Microsoft apps and services. The software would be a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 users. Windows 8.1 with Bing could also cut down on licensing fees for PC manufacturers.

Microsoft will reportedly use the Bing platform and its services to monetize the cheaper Windows 8.1 with Bing.

Must read: Microsoft Plans Windows, Phone Updates for Spring

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TheStreet Ratings team rates MICROSOFT CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MICROSOFT CORP (MSFT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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