The following video is from Thursday's Investor Beat, in which host Chris Hill, and analysts Bryan Hinmon and Matt Argersinger dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

Shares of Microsoft fell on Thursday in the wake of a report by IDC that PC sales declined 14% in the first quarter. IDC cited the shift to tablets and smartphones, and pointed to a slow start for Windows 8. What do slumping PC sales mean for investors in Microsoft? What does the trend mean for Dell and Hewlett-Packard ? Is the PC dead? In this installment of Investor Beat, our analysts discuss the implications for PC companies.


It's been a frustrating path for Microsoft investors, who've watched the company fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is looking to make a splash in this booming market. In this brand-new premium report on Microsoft, our analyst explains that, while the opportunity is huge, the challenges are many. He's also providing regular updates as key events occur, so make sure to claim a copy of this report now by clicking here.

The relevant video segment can be found between 0:14 and 2:19

The article A Death Knell for PC Companies? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Bryan Hinmon, CFA has no position in any stocks mentioned. Chris Hill has no position in any stocks mentioned. Fool contributor Matthew Argersinger owns shares of Microsoft. Matthew Argersinger has the following options: Short Oct 2013 $30 Calls on Microsoft and Short Oct 2013 $27 Puts on Microsoft. The Motley Fool owns shares of Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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