Is Microsoft About to Beat Apple at Its Own Game?

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While Apple (NAS: AAPL) has gained fame and fortune for selling simple, tightly integrated systems, Microsoft (NAS: MSFT) is well known for prizing features inside over form. Those days may finally be over. This week, Mr. Softy unveiled a new version of Skype that integrates MSN Messenger for aggregated chats. It's a small but user-friendly step that, over time, could draw more consumers into its ecosystem. Find out more in the video below.

At the very least, a more comprehensive Skype would be welcome relief for frustrated investors who've watched the Microsoft fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is looking to make a splash in this booming market. In this brand-new premium report on Microsoft, our analyst explains that while the opportunity is huge, the challenges are many. He's also providing regular updates as key events occur, so make sure to claim a copy of this report now by clicking here.

The article Is Microsoft About to Beat Apple at Its Own Game? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakersstock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Apple at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web home, portfolio holdings and Foolish writings, or connect with him on Google+, Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a synthetic covered call position in Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a bull call spread position in Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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