Apple retakes ‘World’s Most Valuable Company’ crown from Microsoft

There were, oh, about a million article when Microsoft briefly rose above Apple in market cap last week to become the “World’s Most Valuable Company.”

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It seems those articles had a short shelf life.

In Monday trading, share of Microsoft dropped $4.31 (-1.30%) to $327.31 giving the company a market value of $2.456 trillion. Share of Apple also dropped, but not as precipitously, down $1.12 (-0.75%) to $148.68, giving Apple an market value of $2.457 trillion.

Of course, you probably won’t see a million news reports stating this fact, but it’s a fact nonetheless.

Google News won’t cover our article stating this factual news because, we believe, they are a monopoly abuser about whom we have been highly critical in the past (myriad privacy violations, knocking off iPhone’s operating system look and feel, etc.). So, it seems Google and/or their algorithm blocks our site from appearing under their “News” tab (since circa 2009).

Which should make you wonder what other facts aren’t showing up in under Google’s so-called “News” tab.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, we’re likely to see the title swapped as the company’s market caps are so close.

No, Microsoft does not deserve to be worth more than Apple.

Without Apple, there wouldn’t even be a Microsoft today.

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13 Comments

  1. “No, Microsoft does not deserve to be worth more than Apple.

    Without Apple, there wouldn’t even be a Microsoft today.”

    Thank-You Alto Xerox Star, a computer developed at Xerox PARC whose engineers developed many of the items Apple users enjoy today.

    1. Old story and much hyped despite while it certainly inspired Jobs when he saw their work they thereafter either cooperated together on certain developments or Apple designed its on version of a object orientated user interface and a mouse that had little in common with what Xerox was experimenting with. Others were also working on similar conceptual ideas at the time so it’s like asking who invented the lightbulb, the answer by far the most will give and the actual reality are decidedly different.

    2. Jobs rewarded the Xerox folks with shares of Apple for which they were very appreciative and profited from.

      He never “stole” any products or rooked those Xerox engineers as some envious low-lifes have gossiped.

    3. Xerox PARC did create the prototype for the modern computer, but they never had a sellable product. The engineers at PARC were so frustrated with the incompetent management at Xerox that they took to offering demos to other Silicon Valley companies in an attempt to get Xerox management to see the value of PARC’s technology.

      In exchange for $1M worth of pre-IPO Apple shares, Apple’s engineers received two in-person demos of the Xerox PARC system. After seeing these demos, Apple’s engineers went back to Apple and built the Mac. The Mac sold for one twentieth the cost of the system at PARC and actually delivered a better user experience with a number of key innovations that weren’t present in the PARC prototype system.

      So, it’s safe to say that without Apple, the innovations first prototyped at PARC would never have seen the light of day and we’d still all be using crappy DOS based systems.

  2. “Without Apple, there wouldn’t even be a Microsoft today.”

    In fairness, the reverse is also true. If only Bill Gates had foreseen the monster he helped create (wonder if he regrets selling that 5% stake).

    Also the iPhone came out of iPad designs which were inspired by Gates’ obsession with tablet PCs.

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