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Will Apple become bigger then MS?

Ore_Ele
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11/10/2010 5:27:48 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Will Apple become a larger, more profitable company then Microsoft?

In 2008, Mircosoft made 266% more profit then Apple ($17.68 billion to $4.83 billion). But in 2010 Microsoft is only up 34% ($18.76 billion to $14.01 billion). Apple has a strong hold on the music market (ipods over zunes), and is making progress in computers (though still way behind).

It was less the 15 years ago when Microsoft really bailed Apple out of the dirt, and now, things are getting close.

Any thoughts?
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11/10/2010 8:36:51 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
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Profits don't mean "bigger," though they are certainly more important than "bigger."
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11/11/2010 2:15:35 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Everyone knows Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are going to merge and form Applesoft Gooface.
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11/11/2010 4:28:05 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Nope its all gonna be linux . . .
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11/11/2010 6:47:39 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Apple may become a company with higher earnings than MS. However, there is really not very much overlap in their target markets.

Sure, the Zune competes against the iPod, but the Zune is really more of an MS side-project to capitalize on those who want a big-name alternative to the iPod - Zune is not one of MS's bigger products, and it's not something they focus on as a company. MS has never been a bigger name in the portable music player arena than Apple, and it does not look like they will be anytime soon, nor do they seem to be trying to overtake Apple.

The only other area where the two companies compete is with operating systems - and Apple doesn't even sell a standalone operating system. Also, Apple does not look like it will become dominant in this area, at least not in the near future. Apple's operating system sales are dependent on their hardware sales, and there is a limited (and nearly saturated) market for apple hardware. The price points they use are simply unappealing to the vast majority of the market, and without serious changes there they will never have a high market share as far as operating systems or computer hardware are concerned.

Also, a good chunk of people who buy Apple computers end up buying Windows as well, whether for the purpose of playing games or for other software compatibility.
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11/12/2010 1:58:15 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/11/2010 6:47:39 PM, beem0r wrote:
Apple may become a company with higher earnings than MS. However, there is really not very much overlap in their target markets.

Sure, the Zune competes against the iPod, but the Zune is really more of an MS side-project to capitalize on those who want a big-name alternative to the iPod - Zune is not one of MS's bigger products, and it's not something they focus on as a company. MS has never been a bigger name in the portable music player arena than Apple, and it does not look like they will be anytime soon, nor do they seem to be trying to overtake Apple.

The only other area where the two companies compete is with operating systems - and Apple doesn't even sell a standalone operating system. Also, Apple does not look like it will become dominant in this area, at least not in the near future. Apple's operating system sales are dependent on their hardware sales, and there is a limited (and nearly saturated) market for apple hardware. The price points they use are simply unappealing to the vast majority of the market, and without serious changes there they will never have a high market share as far as operating systems or computer hardware are concerned.

Also, a good chunk of people who buy Apple computers end up buying Windows as well, whether for the purpose of playing games or for other software compatibility.

Exactly!
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11/12/2010 9:15:19 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 11/11/2010 2:15:35 AM, tvellalott wrote:
Everyone knows Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are going to merge and form Applesoft Gooface.

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