5 Top Stories Affecting Dow Tech Stocks This Week

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Current price $27.25

Windows 8’s intro made no significant impact upon PC shipments during the fourth quarter, even as analysts reported that some PC vendors offered lackluster form factors in their Windows 8 offerings and also missed the excitement of touch.

Microsoft’s Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in the coming weeks, says Electronista, pointing to a tweet from the general manager of the firm’s Surface hardware, Panos Panay.

Microsoft is not pleased with the results of a recent test that found fault with its antivirus software. For a second consecutive time, its Security Essentials was unable to win certification from AV-Test, a German-based testing lab that evaluates the efficacy of antivirus products. However, out of 25 programs tested, only three failed to gain AV-Test’s  certification.

Microsoft is said to be in discussions with Asus regarding a potential licensing deal to offer Windows 8 mobile phones, according to The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Asus partnered with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) on its Nexus 7 tablet but is still widely perceived as a PC maker.