companies lobbying  Reuters reports that tech companies including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) are increasing lobbying efforts

Microsoft, Cisco among companies lobbying ahead of NAFTA talks

Microsoft, Cisco among companies lobbying ahead of NAFTA talks

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companies lobbying  Reuters reports that tech companies including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) are increasing lobbying efforts ahead of North American Free Trade Agreement talks on Wednesday.

Tech companies and trade groups have 48 arrangements with NAFTA lobbying groups in Q2, up from 17 such arrangements in Q1 and one group a the end of last year.



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Tech companies want to ban governments from requiring service providers from storing data in a certain country and want the elimination of tariffs on a range of IT goods including everything from semiconductors to medical devices. Mexico currently doesn’t subscribe to the tech agreement.



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As a result, I would use these metrics to define my level of risk if I were setting to assume a position at current prices. The fact that both metrics are converging around one price only serves to reinforce that this level of support is significant. If the stock price were to break below this level, it would suggest that a larger correction was set to ensue, placing the long-term uptrend line as the next logical objective.

Microsoft announces cloud container tool to take on Google

Microsoft announces cloud container tool to take on Google

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 cloud container tool Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announces the Azure Container Instances tool to allow easy access to a cloud container within seconds.

The quick connection method also comes with a per second pricing plan that will work for more customers than the per minute or hour options.




 

 cloud container tool

 

Alphabet already has a similar product in the Google Container Engine for its Google Cloud Platform.

Microsoft reported a 97% year-over-year growth in Azure sales in the most recent quarter but still lags behind market leader Amazon Web Services.



As a result, I would use these metrics to define my level of risk if I were setting to assume a position at current prices. The fact that both metrics are converging around one price only serves to reinforce that this level of support is significant. If the stock price were to break below this level, it would suggest that a larger correction was set to ensue, placing the long-term uptrend line as the next logical objective.

Microsoft Stock Is Geared Towards Higher Stock Prices

MSFT Stock: Keeping It Simple

As a result, I would use these metrics to define my level of risk if I were setting to assume a position at current prices. The fact that both metrics are converging around one price only serves to reinforce that this level of support is significant. If the stock price were to break below this level, it would suggest that a larger correction was set to ensue, placing the long-term uptrend line as the next logical objective.

BUZ INVESTORS  Higher Stock Prices  Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock is an oldie but a goodie, and nothing speaks more highly about this company than its performance. An easy measure of this performance is that former CEO and co-founder Bill Gates is currently ranked as the richest man in the world with a current net worth of $90.0 billion. He has maintained his stature on this list because of the riches he has amassed as a holder of Microsoft stock and other key investments.

Microsoft is not the same company it once was, and it has come a long way since it was heavily dependent on its “Windows” platform. It has diversified into many segments, putting its hoards of cash to work by acquiring companies in key segments of the growing economy. These segments have done extremely well and are responsible for the growth MSFT stock is currently experiencing.

The following Microsoft stock chart illustrates a bullish advance that began in early 2009.




Higher Stock Prices

Microsoft stock chart

 

Microsoft contains a bullish trend that is built upon the quintessential characteristic that defines all bull markets: a series of higher highs and higher lows. This characteristic is responsible for a trend that began in the lower left corner of the price chart and has traveled to the upper right corner.

This bullish trend is captured by using a simple uptrend line. This uptrend line is created by simply connecting the significant lows that have occurred over the years. This uptrend line creates a plane that acts as a dividing line that measures the health of this bullish advance. As long as Microsoft is above this uptrend line, I can only assume that this investment remains healthy, meaning that higher prices are likely to continue.

s a result, the following Microsoft stock chart illustrates the metrics that have been supporting the recent move within the larger bullish trend.

MSFT price chart

 

This MSFT stock chart illustrates the bullish price action that is occurring above the predominant uptrend line. Since July of last year, MSFT shares have been in accelerated state as Microsoft stock continues to pull away from the uptrend line. This price chart illustrates the two indications that have been supporting this accelerated advance.

As a result, I would use these metrics to define my level of risk if I were setting to assume a position at current prices. The fact that both metrics are converging around one price only serves to reinforce that this level of support is significant. If the stock price were to break below this level, it would suggest that a larger correction was set to ensue, placing the long-term uptrend line as the next logical objective.

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BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Thursday at the Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft Corp. shared the first details of the next major update to Windows, the Windows 10 Fall Creators

Microsoft announces the next wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Microsoft announces the next wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Available later this year, the Fall Creators Update delivers new experiences for more than 500 million Windows 10 devices

BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE  Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (MSFT) Thursday at the Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft Corp. shared the first details of the next major update to Windows, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Available later this year, the Fall Creators Update delivers new experiences for more than 500 million Windows 10 devices: a new design system; creative experiences that will move with you across Windows, iOS and Android; new apps coming to the Windows Store — including iTunes; new tools that make Windows home for all developers; and the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers — no markers required.

BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Thursday at the Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle

“We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft. “We’re excited for our customers to take advantage of the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that will empower innovative experiences; a modern, unified design for cross-device experiences; and an easier path for developers to create for the future of computing.”




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Introducing a new design system for the next wave of creativity across Windows devices

Microsoft Fluent Design System will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions. For developers, Fluent Design is built to help users create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity.

Windows experiences move with you across Windows, iOS and Android

The Microsoft Graph is an intelligent fabric that helps connect dots between people, conversations, projects and content within the Microsoft Cloud — ensuring experiences flow seamlessly between Windows, iOS and Android devices. Key features helping to bring this to life include these:

  • Timeline visually displays what a user was doing previously, allowing users to easily hop back into files, apps and websites as if it was real time.
  • With Cortana, you can Pick Up Where You Left Off across Windows, iOS and Android devices.
  • Clipboard is a fast, easy way to copy and paste just about anything between connected devices by allowing copying from the desktop and pasting on a phone.
  • OneDrive Files on Demand allows access to all files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on a specific device.

Windows Story Remix: A new way to transform your photos and videos

Built on .NET and distributed through the Windows Store as a Universal Windows Application, Windows Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories. It will use the Microsoft Graph to connect users across devices. Story Remix brings memories, photos and videos together to create stories with a soundtrack, theme and cinematic transitions. Users can also create mixed reality by adding 3-D objects to photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way, or turn photos and videos into a canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink.

The Windows Store brings full UWP support for Windows, iOS and Android — and welcomes iTunes

The Windows Store is adding additional popular applications later this year:

  • iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. Windows users will get the complete iTunes experience, including Apple Music and the iTunes Store, as well as support for iPhone and other Apple devices on any Windows 10 or Windows 10 S PC.
  • When [url=”]%3Cb%3EAutodesk+%3C%2Fb%3E[/url] introduced its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) SketchBook last summer, it became its fastest growing new platform introduction with an average of 35 percent sales growth every month throughout 2017. Autodesk SketchBook, the de facto application for painting and drawing, was built from the ground up as a UWP app leveraging the pen and touch capability of Windows 10. Autodesk will continue to use UWP to extend its Windows Store offerings to include support for Windows Mixed Reality in Autodesk Stingray, a 3-D game engine and real-time rendering software.
  • SAP will bring SAP Digital Boardroom to the Windows Store this month. SAP Digital Boardroom is one of the most popular solutions from SAP. It is a next-generation board portal that leverages data from lines of business applications to provide a single source of truth for executives to steer the business in real time. The app was submitted to the Windows Store as a Progressive Web App. This allows SAP to reuse its web content and investments to target multiple platforms, while at the same time take advantage of deeper integration with Windows 10.

Making Windows home for all developers

Microsoft is inspired to make Windows and Visual Studio the best home for all developers — not only for applications on Windows but app experiences that span across all platforms and all devices. Today several new tools for Windows developers were announced:

  • .NET Standard 2.0 for UWP and XAML Standard are both coming later this year to make web, C++, .NET or UWP developers love to build on Windows.
  • With modern code, developers can take advantage of Windows and the Microsoft Graph, using Project Rome for UWP, Android and now iOS.
  • With the Xamarin Live Player developers can build, test and debug their iPhone applications from a Windows PC. With it, all users need is Visual Studio and their iPhone to get started building native apps for iOS in minutes.
  • Microsoft has simplified the install of Ubuntu by bringing it to the Windows Store. Microsoft also announced it is working with SUSE Linux and Fedora Linux running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux — to bring them to the Windows Store. Now, Windows is the only platform that can run both Windows apps and Linux apps side-by-side.

Introducing the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers — no markers required

Today, Cirque du Soleil announced how it is using Windows Mixed Reality to transform the way it imagines and create shows. To demonstrate the creative decisions it has to face, it rebuilt a virtual version of the stage from the show Kurios, including its famous huge mechanical hand.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will also see the magic of mixed reality brought to consumers around the world. We are working with developers to create this new frontier in computing and want any developer to get a Windows Mixed Reality dev kit. Due to wide interest from the community, developers in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order an Acer ($299 USD) or HP ($329 USD) Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition starting today from the Microsoft Store for delivery later this summer.

In addition, Microsoft unveiled the first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers with no markers required. The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in a Windows Mixed Reality headset. There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you. Our partners plan to market and sell these controllers on retail shelves this holiday.

Acer will sell a Windows Mixed Reality headset and motion controller bundle priced at $399 USD this holiday season.

For more details on today’s announcements at Build 2017, visit the latest Windows Devices Group blog from Terry Myerson.

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BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE Technology-Enabled Spaces Steelcase and Microsoft Corp. have joined forces to explore the future of work, developing a range of technology- enabled spaces designed to help organizations foster creative thinking

Steelcase and Microsoft Announce Development of Technology-Enabled Spaces Designed to Boost Creative Work

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Steelcase and Microsoft Announce Development of Technology-Enabled Spaces Designed to Boost Creative Work

BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE Technology-Enabled Spaces    Steelcase and Microsoft Corp. have joined forces to explore the future of work, developing a range of technology- enabled spaces designed to help organizations foster creative thinking and better collaboration. These spaces seamlessly integrate the best of Microsoft Surface devices with Steelcase architecture and furniture. Today the companies unveiled five new âCreative Spacesâ showcasing how Steelcase and Microsoft can help organizations unlock creativity for every employee.

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Additionally, Steelcase and Microsoft announced:

  • That Microsoft is expanding its partner network into the world of design by bringing in select Steelcase dealers as authorized Surface Hub resellers.
  • Steelcase and Microsoft are working together to develop technology-enabled workplace solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology.




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âThe problems people face at work today are much more complex than they used to be. They require a new creative way of thinking and a very different work process,â says Sara Armbruster, vice president of strategy, research and new business innovation for Steelcase. âWe believe that everyone has the capacity for creative thinking, and people are happier doing creative, productive work. Together, Microsoft and Steelcase will help organizations thoughtfully integrate place and technology to encourage creative behaviors at work.â

The Problem: Fostering Creativity as a Business Advantage
According to joint research conducted by Steelcase and Microsoft, creativity is seen as a critical job skill driven by organizationsâ need for innovation and growth in addition to employeesâ desire for meaningful work. However, today many organizations invest in technology and space as separate entities rather than approaching them holistically. The lack of cohesion creates sub-optimal conditions for fostering creativity at work.

The research released today (of 515 US and Canadian companies with 100 employees)i reveals the pressure people feel about the shift toward more creative work:

  • Seventy-two percent of workers from diverse fields including Health Care, Retail, Education, Financial Services and Manufacturing believe their future success depends on their ability to be creative.
  • Seventy-six percent believe emerging technologies will change their jobs, requiring more creative skills as routine work becomes automated.
  • There is greater need to collaborate in business, yet only 25 percent of respondents feel they can be creative in the places they currently have available for group work.
  • The study also reveals the connection between creativity and privacy, as employees ranked having a place to work without disruption as the second highest factor that could improve creativity, just behind the need for more time to think.

Creative Spaces
The companiesâ exploration of creative work found that creativity is a process in which anyone can engage and requires diverse work modes as well as different types of technology. People need to work alone, in pairs and in different size groups throughout a creative process, and they need a range of devices that are mobile and integrated into the physical workplace. Additionally, spaces should inspire people without compromising performance.

âEvery Microsoft Surface device strives to enable the creator in each of us. Devices like Surface Studio and Surface Hub are fundamentally designed around how people naturally create, connect, and collaborate,â says Ryan Gavin, general manager, Microsoft Surface Marketing. âWith Steelcase we have the compelling opportunity to blend place and technology into a seamless environment that allows our most important asset, our people, to unlock their creativity and share that with others. The future of work is creative.â

âMost employees are still working with outdated technology and in places that are rooted in the past, which makes it difficult for them to work in new, creative ways,â said Bob OâDonnell, president, founder and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research. âCreative Spaces were clearly designed to bridge the current gap between place and technology and to help creative work happen more naturally.â

Five initial Creative Spaces are on display now at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City. Spaces include:

Focus Studio: Individual creative work requires alone time to focus and get into flow, while also allowing quick shifts to two-person collaboration. This is a place to let ideas incubate before sharing them with a large group, perfect for focused work with Microsoft Surface Book or Surface Pro 4.

Duo Studio: Working in pairs is an essential behavior of creativity. This space enables two people to co-create shoulder-to-shoulder, while also supporting individual work with Microsoft Surface Studio. It includes a lounge area to invite others in for a quick creative review with Surface Hub or to put your feet up and get away without going away.

Ideation Hub: A high-tech destination that encourages active participation and equal opportunity to contribute as people co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates on Microsoft Surface Hub.

Maker Commons: Socializing ideas and rapid prototyping are essential parts of creativity. This space is designed to encourage quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration, ideal for a mix of Surface devices, such as Surface Hub and Surface Book.

Respite Room: Creative work requires many brain states, including the need to balance active group work with solitude and individual think time. This truly private room allows relaxed postures to support diffused attention.

âWe are facing a time of unprecedented change at work. Through this partnership we will bring together space and technology to help workers and organizations solve the workplace challenges they face today and in the future and ultimately perform their best at work,â explains Armbruster.

Steelcase: Microsoft Surface Hub Reseller
Select Steelcase dealers are authorized to resell Microsoft Surface Hub as a part of the Microsoft partner network beginning today in the United States and Canada, and in later Summer 2017 additional dealers in Germany and the United Kingdom are expected to be added to the program. The companies will announce additional markets in the coming months. As the spaces roll out in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, the range of spaces will continue to expand and evolve.

Internet of Things
In the coming months, Steelcase expects to announce new technology-enabled office solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology, which will provide companies with analytics that help improve workplaces and solutions to help employees find the best places to do diverse types of work within the office.

For more information on Creative Spaces and the partnership between Microsoft and Steelcase, visit www.steelcase.com/creativity or www.microsoft.com/en-us/devices/business/steelcase.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq âMSFTâ @Microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Steelcase Inc.
For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations. We demonstrate this through our family of brands – including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex® PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. The company is globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2016 revenue of $3.1 billion.




BUZ INVESTORS Apple vs Microsoft One of the greatest tech rivalries of all time is heating up. The Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) saga is long and storied

MSFT or AAPL: Who Will Win in the Battle of Apple vs Microsoft

Microsoft Stock vs. Apple Stock 

BUZ INVESTORS  Apple vs Microsoft  One of the greatest tech rivalries of all time is heating up. The Microsoft Corporation <span data-recalc-dims=(NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) saga is long and storied" width="300" height="182" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Apple-vs-microsoft-stock-300x182-Small.jpg?resize=300%2C182 300w, https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Apple-vs-microsoft-stock-300x182-Small.jpg?resize=768%2C466 768w, https://i0.wp.com/investorsbuz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Apple-vs-microsoft-stock-300x182-Small.jpg?w=791 791w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

BUZ INVESTORS  Apple vs Microsoft  One of the greatest tech rivalries of all time is heating up. The Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) saga is long and storied, and has been one of the main driving forces in the computer sector for decades.

While the two companies long ago parted ways in terms of the types of products they produce (that explains why you haven’t seen those Mac vs. PC commercials in a long time), the technologies that are currently in development by both companies may bring them back into a heated head-to-head conflict.

Microsoft Surface Studio vs. Apple Mac 

One of the biggest new additions to the Microsoft vs. Apple tale is the first-ever desktop computer made by Microsoft: “Microsoft Surface Studio.” Being billed as a direct competitor to Macs, the new Microsoft product seems to be taking what the Mac does best and is outperforming the long-held standard in desktops for creatives.




Apple vs Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Studio is a 28″ super-high-resolution desktop computer complete with touchscreen functionality, sixth-generation Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processor options, and a dedicated graphics card. It’s being billed as the must-own tool for creative types, which is bad news for Apple Mac.

Computers sales have suffered in recent years. Among the top five computer vendors, Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DVMT) is the only one to see growth in 2016, with a 2.6% boost over the previous year. The industry more broadly saw a sales decline of 6.2% from 2015.

But AAPL stock is currently on a tear, regardless of its flagging computer revenue. The company shipped 8.7% fewer Mac units in 2016 than it did in 2015. (Source: “Gartner Says 2016 Marked Fifth Consecutive Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline,” Gartner Inc, January 11, 2017.)

Artificial Intelligence Tech in 2017

One of the most exciting developments in the tech sector is the focus on artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

The AI sector is likely to be one of the most transformative innovations we’ll see in the next few years. As such, whichever company can assert itself as the leader in the AI sector will likely see huge stock gains.

Which brings us to another new front in the Apple vs. Microsoft battle.

Both Microsoft and Apple ventured into the realm of responsive machines with voice-activated AI helpers. But, while Apple is focusing more on augmented reality (AR) these days, Microsoft seems to be pushing forward with AI in 2017.

Apple Investments May Push AAPL Stock Over MSFT Stock 

One big advantage that Apple has over Microsoft is a war chest that is fit to burst. Apple has a lot of money that it can play around with and, as such, the company has many targeted investment options that could dramatically alter the path of the AAPL stock price.

Perhaps the biggest rumor surrounding Apple is whether it will acquire the massive media mogul Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS). This would be a huge coup for Apple, were the acquisition to take place.

MSFT Stock vs. AAPL Stock 

With all that information out of the way, where does that leave us with MSFT stock and Apple stock?

The fact is that both companies have the ability to be profitable but, as they continue to step into each other’s industries, there will undoubtedly be more friction and, therefore, some strong dips and rises.

At this point, Apple looks to be in the better position than Microsoft from a share price perspective, but that can be misleading. While Apple stock has enjoyed strong gains in recent months, the company has acquired a lot of debt and faces declining sales in iPhones, as first adopters who can afford the expensive smartphone are shrinking.Like up on FACEBOOK


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Buz Investors Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple One of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the tech world is about to add a whole new chapter. The Great Flame Wars of Apple Inc

MSFT vs. AAPL Stock: How Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple’s Mac

Windows Surface Studio Impacts MSFT vs. AAPL Stock Battle

Buz Investors Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple One of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the tech world is about to add a whole new chapter. The Great Flame Wars of Apple Inc

Buz Investors Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple One of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the tech world is about to add a whole new chapter. The Great Flame Wars of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has had a healthy amount of fuel dumped all over it, with the introduction of the “Windows Surface Studio.”

That desktop computer is looking to challenge the Apple “Mac,” creating one of the most exciting hardware duels in recent memory.

Apple has, for a long time, put its focus on crafting both hardware and software to compliment each other, while Microsoft opted to focus on the software side of things. This fateful decision has led to what is perhaps the biggest and most enduring schism in the tech world: personal computer (PC) or Mac?



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Microsoft Stock Is killing Apple

 

The Windows Surface Studio is a giant 28″ super-high-resolution desktop computer complete with touchscreen functionality, sixth-generation Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processor options, and a dedicated graphics card. It’s being billed as the must-own tool for creative types, which is bad news for Apple Mac.

Apple has long held that Mac is preferable to PC when it comes to picture editing, sound design, art projects, etc. Apple owned that portion of the market, while Microsoft provided things like the “Office” suite that brought you such beloved applications like “Word,” “Excel,” and “PowerPoint,” among a host of other much-used programs. But Windows Surface Studio is looking to shake up that paradigm.

Windows Surface Studio has great functionality, powerful hardware, a gorgeous display, modern processors, and tons of storage. But there’s a catch: it’s expensive. Really expensive.

The basic model will run you $2,999, the mid-range $3,499, and the most decked-out model $4,199. For a lot of people, shelling out that kind of cash on a budget-rending computer is a one-way ticket to financial ruination, at least in the short term. So we can’t expect it sell like gangbusters, at least until (or if) a more affordable version becomes available.

Forecasts show relative stagnation in computer hardware sales up until 2020, but the Windows Surface Studio could alter those predictions if it has a sizable impact in its first year of its release. (Source: “Shipment forecast of laptops, desktop PCs and tablets worldwide from 2010 to 2020 (in million units),” Statista, last accessed March 24, 2017.)

Apple stock is up 21.67% since the beginning of 2017, and the share prices have hit all-time highs this year. While there is reason to be skeptical over just how real these gains are—Apple has acquired a lot of debt and has helped boost its stock through buybacks—it is still one of the best tech stocks to buy in 2017. Though, again, there are some worrying signs, like the fact that the company had its first year-to-year decline in revenue in well over a decade.

Both companies have pedigrees and product lines that are hard to top. While these two have been rivals since the beginning of the computer age, that doesn’t mean the market isn’t big enough to bear both brands.


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Buz Investors Gain from Microsoft Cloud Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been reinventing itself as a strong technology player in the era of digital transformation. The management has been able to impress investors with its turnaround efforts

Microsoft Stock Firmly Set on a Growth Path

MSFT Stock to Gain from Microsoft Cloud

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 Buz Investors Gain from Microsoft Cloud Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been reinventing itself as a strong technology player in the era of digital transformation. The management has been able to impress investors with its turnaround efforts and Microsoft stock has been inching upwards gradually for a while now. MSFT stock closed at $64.75 Wednesday, en route to making another new high on account of favorable news flow coming over the past few days.



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Gain from Microsoft

Last week, QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) announced its collaboration with Microsoft to speed up the next generation cloud services on its 10 nanometer “Qualcomm Centriq™ 2400” platform. This partnership will extend to multiple future generations of hardware, software, and systems. (Source: “Qualcomm Collaborates with Microsoft to Accelerate Cloud Services on 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Platform,” QUALCOMM, Inc., March 8, 2017.)

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies (QDT) has been working with Microsoft on ARM-based server establishment for a number of years now, and this partnership has enabled innovations such as the Qualcomm Centriq 2400, which can be designed and deployed into the data centers rapidly. Microsoft has been active in pushing such hardware innovations in order to bring down costs and strengthen its position against competitors like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

The company has introduced more than 100 new features to Teams since November, as it competes in the business chat app category with “Slack.” The business collaboration space is becoming very competitive with Google-parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) also revamping “Hangouts” by splitting it into “Hangouts Meet” and “Hangouts Chat.

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Buz Investors Trend in Microsoft Stock It may be hard to believe, but I view Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock as a bellwether gauge, and a measure of the overall health of the tech-heavy NASDAQ index.

The Trend in Microsoft Stock is a Proxy for the Entire Market

MSFT Stock: a Bellwether Stock

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Buz Investors Trend in Microsoft Stock It may be hard to believe, but I view Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock as a bellwether gauge, and a measure of the overall health of the tech-heavy NASDAQ index.

My view has nothing to do with the company’s foray into cloud computing and skewing its business model away from the “Windows” platform and the personal computer (PC). I base my view on simply looking at and analyzing the MSFT stock chart. It is indeed a picture of beauty, and it continues to suggest that higher prices are in the cards, and that an equity bull market is still intact.



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Trend in Microsoft Stock

This uptrend line has been in development for eight years, and it has been tested on numerous occasions. Every time, buyers have stepped in at this level to create the necessary support to keep it intact. This uptrend line is so pristine that it is difficult to refute its importance. It has become the dividing line between a bullish and bearish market and, as long as Microsoft stock is trading above it, higher prices are expected, and the general health of the market remains in check.

If MSFT stock ever did manage to trade below this trend line, it would serve to suggest that the bull market that began in 2009 had concluded, that and a larger correction was set to ensue. Due to the nature of their business dealings, I would have to believe that a general bear market in technology stock was also set to ensue.

This bullish run off of the July lows has been supported by a similar uptrend line, only on a smaller scale. This bullish trend within an overall bullish trend serves to reinforce the notion that the trend toward higher prices is set to continue. If this premise is true, then the tech-heavy NASDAQ index is also set to continue its advance.

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