Investopedia: Will Microsoft Be Key To A Barnes & Noble Turnaround?
For the number of people seemingly willing to pull the plug on Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS),
you'd think there was a fat inheritance at stake. There's no point in
pretending that the traditional retail format for books and other print
media is permanently impaired (if not condemned to a steady downward
spiral), and there are no guarantees that B&N's NOOK is going to
emerge as a viable long-standing e-reader/tablet platform. All of that
said, Microsoft's (Nasdaq:MSFT) support, and a relatively thin float, could make this a pretty wild stock from time to time.