Microsoft Revival Hopes Ride on Windows 8

The new operating system holds promise for the tablet market

You might think the case for throwing in the towel on Microsoft (symbol MSFT) is all but sealed. The one-time leader of the personal-computer age has struggled to keep up with more-innovative rivals in recent years. It failed in its bid to acquire Yahoo; continues to lose money on its search engine, Bing; and never seems to be able to cash in on the shift to mobile computing. Microsoft’s stock has been a value trap for investors -- what might have looked like a bargain has kept getting cheaper and cheaper.

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.