Microsoft Nook Deal: Winners & Losers (Update 1)
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This may give an added boost to the excitement of Windows 8 as a viable mobile platform. Investors have bid up Microsoft shares 23.2% year-to-date, thanks in large part to the excitement of Windows 8, due later this year.
This announcement may be a bit of a blow to Amazon(AMZN) , as it provides a definitive third player in the tablet space, at the same price point as the Kindle Fire.
Apple's iPad competes at a different price point, starting at $499, yet offers a much different feature set. The NOOK and the Kindle Fire are both priced at $199 and offer roughly the same feature sets, including 7-inch screens, and significant access to content, such as books, DVDs and magazines.