The Greatest Threat to Apple Since the Kindle Fire

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tThe following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which technology and media editor/analyst Andrew Tonner and consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics around the investing world.

Tech giant Apple has seen plenty of products billed as the next "Apple killer," with really none of them living up to the hype. Even Amazon.com's Kindle Fire, the second most successful tablet behind Apple's iPad, lags Apple's prowess in the smart-device category. However, one looming entrant to the smartphone market does represent an authentic challenge to Apple -- Microsoft's Windows 8. The operating system Mr. Softy plans to release later this year represents a massive threat for not only Apple, but Google as well, as it continues to vie for dominance in the tablet and smartphone arenas. Listen in to hear exactly why, as well as what it means for investors.

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At the time this article was published Andrew Tonner and Austin Smith have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Amazon.com, Google, and Microsoft.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendApple, Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft, and Nokia. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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