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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers 296

CWmike writes "It's a matter of opinion which company makes the better operating system or is likely to grow its smartphone market share. But numbers don't lie — or exaggerate. A little less than a year ago, Wall Street reached a Microsoft vs. Apple milestone: for the first time, Apple's corporate value surpassed Microsoft's. What has happened since? With Apple due to report its latest quarterly earnings on Wednesday — Microsoft reports its numbers next week — we look at some recent numbers, as well as data over time."
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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers

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  • Well either way.. (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @06:16PM (#35874350)
    they are doing a helluva lot better then linux on the desktop.
  • Yep... (Score:5, Informative)

    by E IS mC(Square) ( 721736 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @06:28PM (#35874434) Journal

    And Linux has already beaten them both in server,mobile devices and embedded systems market. What's your point again?

  • Re:Meh (Score:5, Informative)

    by rolfwind ( 528248 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @06:37PM (#35874502)

    It's P/E is not extravagant or that high.

    MSFT has plateaued since the early 00s because people have seen it really can't innovate beyond OS/Office line. The whole Xbox division has lost money to gain it's prominent position this generation of consoles. The Zune was mostly meh. It came out early in tablets/smartphones but despite that couldn't make anything people needed to have.

    The day Steve Ballmer steps down is the day that stock will start gaining again. Even better if they get a CEO with an iota of division and the power/desire to kill the bureacracy that is stifling that company. I wonder how much of their workforce are just leeches who have a cushy job that produces little/no value to the company.

  • Re:Yep... (Score:3, Informative)

    by the linux geek ( 799780 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @06:41PM (#35874528)
    Windows ships more servers by both revenue and volume than Linux. Mobile devices, if you mean consumer electronics, are largely Linux, but embedded systems (especially lower-end ones) are not.
  • Re:Yep... (Score:4, Informative)

    by the linux geek ( 799780 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @06:47PM (#35874604)
    Very few. Most servers from major OEM's (HP, IBM, Fujitsu) which make up a large majority of server sales will include an OS, whether its Windows, Linux, or a proprietary system.
  • Re:Meh (Score:5, Informative)

    by brunes69 ( 86786 ) <slashdot.keirstead@org> on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @09:45PM (#35876168) Homepage

    P/E is not everything. Compared to GOOG or MSFT, AAPL's margins are horrid.

    AAPL's gross margin is currently at 38%. GOOG is 64% and MSFT is 79%.

    That is just one example.

  • by Karlt1 ( 231423 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2011 @10:39PM (#35876456)

    My Bottom Line: Microsoft is still more profitable

    A company stock price is based on among other things the expected growth of the company. Apple is growing faster than MS.

    On the flipside the future hold uncertainty since everyone keeps pointing out that Microsoft is expected to beat Apple in marketshare

    Even if you do believe that someone can magically predict the future, MS makes a whopping $12 on each WinMo license sold. Apple makes a $265 profit on each iPhone sold.

    and Android has already started killing it in the market.

    Not really, Apple sells more iOS devices than all Android devices combined (iPhone,Touch, iPad) and makes close to 50% of all the profit in the mobile phone industry.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!