Fellow investors: In case you have not already been notified, Microsoft stocks are on the rise. Lets discuss the leading factors that contributed to this. As you're already aware, Microsoft consists of far more than just gaming. The announce of their upcoming Operating System, Windows 8™, most likely affected this trend. Additionally, their software, which includes, but isn't limited to Microsoft Word 2010™, Microsoft Office 2010™, and Microsoft Excel™ must have played large roles. This shows the importance of companies diversifying their assets, and not becoming too reliant on any one market. I'm sure Microsoft appeals to a very wide demographic.