apple and microsoft

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  1. jlewis2k1 macrumors 6502a

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    ok someone here has to be kidding me. this person is trying to convince me that Microsoft brought Apple. Im finding that extremely hard to believe. can someone clear this up for me.
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I doubt that would ever pass the regulators approval -- and nothing has hit the streets.

    Edit: Look at all the problems that the DOJ and FTC caused for the Oracle/PeopleSoft deal.
     
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    Brought them what? Or did you mean bought? ;)

    P.S. That person is completely wrong!
     
  4. jlewis2k1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yea .. thats what i meant.


    i figured he was wrong. could someone be kind enough to explain the whole microsoft and apple history back in the 1980s or wherever that assumption came from.
     
  5. clayj macrumors 604

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    Back in the '90s, Microsoft invested a large chunk of money (over $500 million) in Apple, as part of a deal to keep making apps for the Mac.

    So, yes, Microsoft owns PART of Apple... but they're non-voting shares. Microsoft has no official say in how Apple does things, although they do have a certain amount of unofficial influence.
     
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    It wasn't that large a chunk. Only $150 million.
     
  7. clayj macrumors 604

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    You're right... that number looks much more familiar to me. That $150 million is probably worth a cool half billion by now, though.
     
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    I thought I heard that Apple had purchased back all those shares they sold Microsoft but I can't find any proof.
     
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    Found the proof. According to Wikipedia, "Microsoft has since sold all Apple stock holdings."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer
     
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    Ya there were a lot of laughs when the stock tripled about how M$ wished they still owned thier shares.

    It wouldn't surprise me that M$ could buy apple, but like said-regulations would happily kill it.
     
  11. clayj macrumors 604

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    Sure, Microsoft can't buy Apple, but with Apple's "low" market cap of only $28 billion or so, there are companies that could... Sony, for example, could easily afford to buy Apple. Sony's Japanese, so the anti-trust scrutiny would be far lower.

    Besides, Microsoft doesn't want to buy Apple, since they'd be eliminating their competition and opening themselves up for some serious legal problems.
     
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    Isn't that the ultimate motive of Microsoft? To eliminate all competition? :D
     
  13. clayj macrumors 604

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    Come on. You're kidding, right? (Being totally serious here.)
     
  14. snkTab macrumors 6502a

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    microsoft bought shares of apple, and then sold it. noone likes to admit it but that deal might have actually saved Apple. Apple needed the cash bad then.
     

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