Rivalry Between Apple and Microsoft Heating Up Again Over Augmented Reality, Gaming, and More

The iconic and industry-classic rivalry between Apple and Microsoft, which has arguably seen a slowdown in recent years, is poised to begin heating up as both companies target the future of augmented reality and renewed competition in the PC industry, according to an analysis from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Both Apple and Microsoft have strong ambitions for the future of augmented reality. Apple so far has committed to the AR space by offering developers tools and frameworks, such as ARKit, that enable AR experiences through the iPhone and iPad. The company has yet to offer a hardware device solely focused on augmented reality; however, that is set to change in the coming months, and more so later on next year.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has invested heavily in its Hololens product line, pursuing a more hardware-based strategy for augmented reality while Apple focuses, at least for now, on the underlying technologies that will eventually drive future experiences. The two companies are also facing competition in AI, cloud computing, and of course, control over the PC industry.

Microsoft has also thrown its hat behind Epic Games, which's pursuing a significant legal battle against Apple for its App Store. Last year, Apple and Microsoft were in a clear public dispute over the Redmond-based company's xCloud game streaming service which allowed users to stream games with a single service.

Apple's ‌App Store‌ rules originally forbid all-in-one game streaming services on the platform. However, it later tweaked the rules. Despite the change in stance from Cupertino, Microsoft has ultimately abandoned its plans to launch xCloud via the ‌App Store‌ and will instead offer it via the web and Safari.

For those interested, the Bloomberg piece offers a more detailed analysis of the future of the rivalry between the two companies.

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mcfrazieriv Avatar
40 months ago

The blue screen of death company needs to shut it. Their products are inferior. More and more people are running away from MS. Towards Apple and all the poor pleps towards the Chrome Book.
This comment is entirely subjective.

The PC holds the gaming community. Now that Xbox has been merged with the PC platform, there's even more options for families to buy in. The platform remains cheap and configurable.

I own both a Mac and a PC. Grew up touting that Mac could game. Realized I was an idiot and bought a PC to actually game.
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ProVideo Avatar
40 months ago
Nothing will come close to the Jobs v Gates rivalry of the 80s and early 90s.

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GrumpyCoder Avatar
40 months ago
Well, it's MS. ?‍♂️

What baffles me is Microsoft Research (MSR). The have amazing people there, they build great proof-of-concept prototypes, really amazing stuff. Yet, they never manage to hand this stuff over to Microsoft Corp. to commercialize it in the form of actual products and end up with a bunch of junk.

Hololens is a perfect example for this. For prototypes and to play around with, it's doing a good job. As an everyday product where people actually use it... meh.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
40 months ago
Nah, I don‘t really think it is…Why do we always pit companies against each other? It’s not even about “healthy competition“ or “antitrust“ — these companies don’t worry about one another nearly as much as everyone’s always thinking. At one time, sure, they were tit for tat but Apple and Microsoft have never been more different to each other as they are now.
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derekamoss Avatar
40 months ago

The blue screen of death company needs to shut it. Their products are inferior. More and more people are running away from MS. Towards Apple and all the poor pleps towards the Chrome Book.
I like writing fiction as well.
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StupidOpinion Avatar
40 months ago

The blue screen of death company needs to shut it. Their products are inferior. More and more people are running away from MS. Towards Apple and all the poor pleps towards the Chrome Book.
When was the last time you actually got a blue screen of death? Over the last 5 years, the only times I ever got the blue screen of death was when I was overclocking my computer.

Microsoft products are not downright inferior. Microsoft has the most popular productivity apps like Microsoft Office, they have their own gaming platform like xbox and PC gaming, and they even produced a better mouse than Apple. Magic Mouse = complete joke.
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