'Put Up or Shut Up' Time for Mister Softee

Next week is a big week for Microsoft (MSFT), which is scheduled to report its latest earnings Thursday. Although I have no position in the name, I've noted here since last November (and on Yahoo! Finance in October) that I've thought the stock works as a short.

In particular, I've been skeptical about the company's new Windows 8 operating system since before it launched. I thought there was no way that was going to suddenly reinvigorate the personal-computer industry -- and that appears to be true. But I had also thought this revelation would suddenly send Microsoft shares into a tailspin, and that clearly hasn't happened -- at least not yet....355 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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