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"Hubba, hubba, hubba! Money, money, money! Who do you trust?"  (Source: Warner Bros. Pictures)
Apple is now worth more than Microsoft and Google combined

While Apple has been in the news lately for allegations of unfair labor practices at its contracted manufacturing facilities in China, that hasn't stopped the company from increasing value for its shareholders and sending it surging ahead in market capitalization.
Today, AAPL crossed the $500/share mark for the first time in its history this morning. The stock has surged over 17 percent in the weeks following its blowout fiscal Q1 2012 earnings report. The company reported revenue of $46.33B USD and net profit of a whopping $13.06B. In addition, the company sold a record 37 million iPhones during the quarter.

Apple is currently ranked as the largest company in the world by market cap. In addition, Apple's market cap is currently more than both Google and Microsoft combined.
Following Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO in August 2011, AAPL hit a [then] all-time high of $411 pushing it ahead of Exxon Mobile as the world's largest company by market cap.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: ignorance is bliss?
By Nortel on 2/13/2012 10:20:50 PM , Rating: 1
Seems like Pirks and Reclaimer77 share half a brain, or rather the same person with two accounts.

I think you meant the failed Zune, not the iPod. I guess you don't care about user experience, superior sound quality through high quality DAC + headphone amp.

Apple does not create SQL server, or sharepoint but that is not the business they are in. Can you get third party software that runs on osX to do those things, yes of course but then I don't understand your point.

Apple is a software company, I think you are forgetting the most beautiful product with terrible software is not going to be attracting people. Ease of use, simplicity and an overall enjoyable user experience keeps people using their products.

MS is in enterprise software but guess what the world of enterprise runs on? Redhat, Solaris, Suse, etc.. Yes those are unix distributions, nobody runs windows server anymore unless they are getting major kickbacks. P.S. Google runs all their servers on Unix and apple WAS in the enterprise server market but cut the line.

11% Desktop market share and rising for Apple is laughable compared to the quickly shrinking MS OS numbers?

Wait, so your excuse for Vista was Microsoft had a monopoly on the OS market and didn't try hard enough in making a new OS? Are you serious? And MS is trying oh so hard now because they are trying to compete with.... Apple? That same company whom has "laughable absolute marketshare numbers for desktop".

Apple made its fortune off of a variety of products, not just off the iPhone but I wouldn't expect you to actually do any research on the matter. It seems you are caught in your own MS reality distortion field.

RE: ignorance is bliss?
By Pirks on 2/13/2012 10:44:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think you meant the failed Zune, not the iPod
Zune never was popular. You can't even understand what I meant. So sad.
I don't understand your point
My point was that Apple and MS target totally different markets, hence you can't say Apple pwned MS or vice versa.
Apple is a software company
You can sing a song or even write an opera about this or a movie plot or something, still whatever you say and however you promote the software side of Apple - this is not going to change the fact that PRIMARY revenue driver for Apple is DESIGNING hardware. Design is what keeps them different from their competitors, it is what makes their revenues and profits so high. Do you understand now?
nobody runs windows server anymore unless they are getting major kickbacks
Proofless lies from a unix zealot. Eat this, zealot:
quickly shrinking MS OS numbers?
Don't be such a clown, 1% a year is not that "quickly".
That same company whom has "laughable absolute marketshare numbers for desktop".
If MS doesn't compete with Apple now when Apple share is laughable it's going to be harder to compete later when if it becomes above laughable level. Better to squash competitor while he's still a negligible quanitity on your market. Quite a logical decision, eh?

Plus, MS is going to attack Apple on their primary markets - smartphone and tablet, which is good for everyone.
Apple made its fortune off of a variety of products, not just off the iPhone
Here's a proof of your stupidity and lies:

See how much Apple makes from iPhone now, idiot? Now crawl back to your cave, uneducated one :P

P.S. for everyone else reading this thread: A PICTURE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS:

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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