Microsoft Overtakes Apple as World's Most Valuable Company

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.

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julesme Avatar
10 months ago
“while Apple stands with $2.43 trillion”

That’s a typo. “Stands with” refers to solidarity. For example, “I stand with Macrumors in their efforts to improve editors’ knowledge of English grammar.”

Edit: MR fixed it.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban55 Avatar
10 months ago
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
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Total Respray Avatar
10 months ago
I wonder how many hours that will last for…
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
10 months ago

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.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crazytrain Avatar
10 months ago

Services are the biggest income producers for both companies, not hardware.
No... Apple's biggest source of income is the iPhone...
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anticipate Avatar
10 months ago
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.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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