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Microsoft has overtaken Apple as the world's most valuable company, making the Cupertino tech giant the second most valuable in the world, followed by Saudi oil giant Aramco.

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Microsoft now sits at a market value of $2.46 trillion, while Apple stands at $2.43 trillion. Apple's drop in market value follows what Wall Street analysts and experts call disappointing quarterly earnings results yesterday, despite solid growth in product categories.

A report earlier in May highlighted some of the ways that Microsoft and Apple will become increasingly more competitive against each other. As both companies continue to invest heavily in augmented reality and artificial intelligence, the rivalry is expected to grow in the years to come.

Article Link: Microsoft Overtakes Apple as World's Most Valuable Company
 
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edolecki

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Very cool news for Microsoft.

I am super happy with how Apple has righted its design ship after Jony left and love what they have been working on. There are many consumers out there, and as long as they are happy with their choices, excellent. I choose to spend my dollars with Apple and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
 

ruka.snow

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Good on Microsoft, though they have been dreadfully quite on the consumer side of late. You don't get as many big software releases from them. I mind Excel 97 was a rather big deal compared to 95.
 
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crazytrain

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"Microsoft has overtaken Apple as the world's most valuable company, making the Cupertino tech giant the second most valuable in the world, followed by Saudi oil giant Aramco."
Some 2nd grade counting errors here.

If the list is:
Microsoft
Aramco
Apple

Then it's pretty basic that Apple is the THIRD most valuable in the world.
Errr... no. It clearly says that Microsoft is followed by Apple which is followed by Aramco...
 

GadgetBen

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Solid growth in product categories? You must be having a laugh.

The only decent product launch this year has been the MacBook Pro.

The HomePod Mini update is the most laughable, beaten only just by the 1mm Apple Watch screen size increase.

I hope this is a lesson to Apple. Sort it out for 2022, we want innovation.
 

fwmireault

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"Microsoft has overtaken Apple as the world's most valuable company, making the Cupertino tech giant the second most valuable in the world, followed by Saudi oil giant Aramco."
Some 2nd grade counting errors here.

If the list is:
Microsoft
Aramco
Apple

Then it's pretty basic that Apple is the THIRD most valuable in the world.
I suggest you read slowly your comment again
 

anticipate

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And that’s why Microsoft is worth more. They are huge in cloud computing, and apparently everyone needs that because so is Google and Amazon.

Microsoft is not really a consumer company anymore, Xbox division aside. Which is also doing quite well.

Apple is really a services and cell phone company with a few computers and consumer accessories. That’s why even though they are killing it and raking in tons of money in our safe bet, I believe the market would like to see more from them. Apple is not Microsoft or Google they are very different companies.

Apples strength is in their lock in ecosystem and the quality of their support and their hardware.
 

dabi

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Before people here act surprised and bring up poor Surface devices sales or Windows 11 or whatever - keep in mind the most profitable parts of Microsoft's business are data centers and cloud services. Not the consumer space stuff. There's tons of money in that.
 

yabeweb

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Apple this year brings the best rock solid devices and microsoft brings an windows 10.5 with a surface double laptop studio mess and takes the first place :))
Now you know how Wall Street analysts and experts think
Why so sour.... hey Microsoft has lots of stuff lately, you might not like them but not everyone has the same taste.
Didn't even know MS was still around
I don't know what you smoke but it must be good!
 

H2SO4

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Apple this year brings the best rock solid devices and microsoft brings an windows 10.5 with a surface double laptop studio mess and takes the first place :))
Now you know how Wall Street analysts and experts think
I've been using Win11 for a little while now, it's lovely.

Actually in my experience Windows has been rock solid over the last few years. More-so than the MacOS and now that it's pretty much just as nice.
I have the best of all worlds, Apple hardware, MacOS and Windows in Parallels when I want it.

EDIT: Need to add some more detail. MacOS is my system of choice but I'm increasingly moving away from Apple things. The reason, Apple have made it more diffcult to do what I want. They've removed features and not given anything as useful in return. They've made the App Store and iTunes a pig to navigate, (amongst other things).
I remember having the 30" ACD and waited for ages for them to update it. They didn't, so I moved on.
Same with Aperture.
Same with Mac Pro, (almost I'm still on the fence with it).
They don't support a lot of protocols that they should - imagine my surprise to find my 2016 MacBook Pro wouldn't support the bluetooth audio protocol used by my nice Sennheisers.
Add all that to the fact that Windows is rock solid and actually quite nice now. It still has rough edges yes, but it's pretty good and anybody that says that's not true, I have to question their honesty.
 
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R2K2

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"As both companies continue to invest heavily in augmented reality and artificial intelligence, the rivalry is expected to grow in the years to come. "
Microsoft is big in Cloud services (Microsoft 365). This is were the big money will come from in the years to come. In contrast, Apple has iCloud, which is completely consumer-oriented and has no business user case at all. So Apple wil sell the devices which people will be using to access their online services and data (Microsoft, Google). But when the browser is the only app you will be using on your computer, what's the added value of an Apple device in the future?
 
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