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By Jeremy Glaser | 07-09-2009 10:03 AM

Microsoft's Wide Moat at Risk?

Morningstar StockInvestor editor Paul Larson on whether Google's new operating system is a real threat to Windows.

Jeremy Glaser: I'm Jeremy Glaser with Morningstar. Google recently announced the Chrome OS, an operating system that's meant to compete against Microsoft's Windows. Here to talk to me about how this is going to affect Microsoft's moat is Paul Larson, editor of Morningstar StockInvestor. Thanks for joining me today.

Paul Larson: Thanks for having me.

Glaser: I guess the big question is, what impact will this have on Microsoft's business?

Larson: Well, the move to cloud computing is real, and is going to have an impact on Microsoft's business. But I don't think we can necessarily proclaim Microsoft's death just because Google decides that it wants to enter this particular line of business. Google has actually entered several of Microsoft's lines of business in recent years, with a browser, with Google Docs online. And they have failed to take anything but a miniscule market share. I don't think it's going to be a whole lot different with the Google operating system.

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