Can Apple surpass Microsoft as the world’s most valuable tech company?

Apple Online Store“Apple Inc’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes has propelled its market value to $180 billion, raising the possibility that it could challenge Microsoft Corp for the technology crown,” Gabriel Madway reports for Reuters.

“Microsoft is now the world’s most valuable tech company with a commanding market capitalization of $250 billion. Its Windows software is in nine out of 10 personal computers,” Madway reports. “It would take impressive execution for any company to unseat Microsoft at the top of the technology heap.”

MacDailyNews Take: Impressive execution, you say?
• Apple mows down Street, backs up, runs over it again: $9.87B rev., $1.67B profit; sells 3.05M Macs – October 19, 2009
• Apple beats Street with best non-holiday quarter revenue and earnings in Apple history – July 21, 2009
Apple smashes Street; reports best non-holiday quarter revenue and earnings in company history – April 22, 2009
Apple demolishes Street with best quarterly revenue and earnings in company history in fiscal Q109 – January 21, 2009
Apple bulldozes Street: $1.26 EPS; Mac sales reach all-time high of 2.5m, 6.9m iPhones, 11m iPods – October 21, 2008
Apple smashes Street; reports record third quarter results, all-time high Mac sales – July 21, 2008
Apple smashes Street, reports record second quarter results – April 23, 2008
Apple beats Street; reports best quarterly revenue and earnings in company history – January 22, 2008

Microsoft axes another 800 employees on top of the 5,000 already terminated – November 04, 2009
Apple’s Mac share grew after Microsoft’s Windows 7ista debut – November 02, 2009
Microsoft revenue down 14%, profit plummets 18% – October 23, 2009
• Microsoft CEO Ballmer gets $25,000 raise as company profit plummets 17% – September 19, 2009
• Microsoft shares plunge after quarterly profit disappoints; net income drops 29% – July 23, 2009
Microsoft axes 5,000 jobs in first-ever companywide firings as revenue, profits miss expectations – January 22, 2009

Madway continues, “But Apple, flush with cash and fat margins, has catalysts in the iPhone, the Mac PC and a highly anticipated but unconfirmed tablet device expected to launch next year, analysts and investors say.”

“Apple’s revenue is still far smaller than that of its arch nemesis, but it is growing at a more rapid rate. Apple’s annual revenue has more than doubled since 2005 to $36.5 billion, with earnings per share up more than four-fold to $6.29,” Madway reports. “Over the same period, Microsoft’s revenue has risen 47 percent to $58.4 billion, with EPS up 45 percent to $1.62.”

Madway reports, “Apple’s shareholders have been handsomely rewarded over the past decade, with its stock up close to 900 percent. Over the same period, Microsoft’s shares have fallen around 35 percent.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s (AAPL) current market value stands at $181.44 billion. Microsoft’s (MiSFiT) is $258.38 billion.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]


  1. I still think it would be a really impressive execution if anyone can unseat IBM of the 1970’s from their place. I mean, they sell desktops, laptops, software, servers and service. What could possibly go wrong?

    It’ll never happen!

  2. @ jarrettdailynews & Snow Leopard–

    It’s possible that the combo updater also upgrades other software bundles along with it, such as Quicktime, iLife, etc…

    Perhaps it’s a different size with different systems, because it depends on the software currently installed on the device.

  3. The question is not, can, but when.

    Also, another metric to consider is Microsoft’s rate of decent in relation to Apple’s ascent.

    The snowball (tipping point) metric will be devastating for Microsoft.

  4. @jarrett daily news

    why are you hijaking this thread?

    Not only are you childishly giddy about being first, but now you attempting to change the subject? WTF?

    There is a perfectly good thread on these boards to weigh in on the size of your download.

  5. Some would argue tech stock issues in the NASDAQ don’t belong on the DOW, but I say, at some point Apple will displace Microsoft on the DOW as the better tech investment.

    It will happen, because of Apple’s industrial diversity: retail, pro software, computers, telephony, content delivery, and last but not least, whole industries are making billions off Apple’s presence in the marketplace.

    A couple of other items of note. Software developers are thriving and pushing the envelope and Apple is unleashing myriad technologies that is being embraced by a diverse cross-section of the tech sector, as well as the medical community, law enforcement, and academics, who are using Apple’s products to advance their own agendas and fields of science.

    This is an exciting time to be one of the Apple faithful.

    Go AAPL!

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