Friday, January 30, 2015

How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft - NYTimes.com

Lead paragraphs from a long-view Apple/Microsoft reality check

"When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion, the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger — let alone twice as big — was laughable. Apple was teetering on bankruptcy. And Microsoft’s operating system was so dominant in personal computers, then the center of the technology universe, that the government deemed the company an unlawful monopoly.

This week, both Microsoft and Apple unveiled their latest earnings, and the once unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion, more than double Microsoft’s current value of $338 billion."
How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft - NYTimes.com
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