Skip to Content
US Videos

Transformed Microsoft Offers Opportunity

The software giant's move to more collaborative ways has set the stage for long-term success.

Mentioned: , , , ,

Despite some trials over the last decade, we believe Microsoft is on a course for long-term success under the direction of CEO Satya Nadella. The firm has ditched many of its staunch, closed-off ways of the past in favor of a more collaborative Microsoft that should yield both a richer experience for its customers, and stronger returns on invested capital that support the company’s wide economic moat.

We believe Microsoft’s embrace of a cloud-first, mobile-first world has been reflected in the firm’s product offerings, which we think will help offset declines in some of the company’s legacy businesses. The most crucial of these ventures is the Microsoft Azure public cloud solution. This service offers on-demand compute, storage, and development tools for software developers and enterprises to build and run crucial applications for their employees and customers. Microsoft has invested heavily in building out data centers to meet surging demand in this market, and we think the firm is the clearly established second-largest player in this space behind only Amazon Web Services.

Rodney Nelson does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.

Transparency is how we protect the integrity of our work and keep empowering investors to achieve their goals and dreams. And we have unwavering standards for how we keep that integrity intact, from our research and data to our policies on content and your personal data.

We’d like to share more about how we work and what drives our day-to-day business.

We sell different types of products and services to both investment professionals and individual investors. These products and services are usually sold through license agreements or subscriptions. Our investment management business generates asset-based fees, which are calculated as a percentage of assets under management. We also sell both admissions and sponsorship packages for our investment conferences and advertising on our websites and newsletters.

How we use your information depends on the product and service that you use and your relationship with us. We may use it to:

  • Verify your identity, personalize the content you receive, or create and administer your account.
  • Provide specific products and services to you, such as portfolio management or data aggregation.
  • Develop and improve features of our offerings.
  • Gear advertisements and other marketing efforts towards your interests.

To learn more about how we handle and protect your data, visit our privacy center.

Maintaining independence and editorial freedom is essential to our mission of empowering investor success. We provide a platform for our authors to report on investments fairly, accurately, and from the investor’s point of view. We also respect individual opinions––they represent the unvarnished thinking of our people and exacting analysis of our research processes. Our authors can publish views that we may or may not agree with, but they show their work, distinguish facts from opinions, and make sure their analysis is clear and in no way misleading or deceptive.

To further protect the integrity of our editorial content, we keep a strict separation between our sales teams and authors to remove any pressure or influence on our analyses and research.

Read our editorial policy to learn more about our process.