Subba’s Serendipitous moments

April 26, 2009

Will Apple overtake Microsoft?


Though some may argue that market capitalization is not a strong indicator, but it still remains a proxy for market success. Apple had been having a lot of product successes, while Microsoft continues to flounder.

For one, Apple’s iPod and iPhone have been stellar success creating the halo effect for other Mac products. Microsoft Vista has clearly failed, and XP users will switch to Microsoft’s new OS — System 7 due for release this year.

A comparative assessment of Microsoft and Apple can be found here.



  1. Ha! The power of logarithmic (misleading) charts :-).

    Microsoft is ahead of Apple’s Market cap by $70b ($181b vs. 111b). $70 billion and $181 billion are not small numbers in my book (give me that money and I will make a run).

    iPod and iPhone are no doubt great and successful products, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft is staying still.

    Apart from trying to compete with apple on those fronts, we also have a great enterprise businsess, good presence in online world (including messenger, outlook, hotmail, azure…), in db world with SQL server, leading in development languages including C# & VB, leader in the gaming world (XBox, XBox Live, Halo, Age of Empires, Flight simulator), productivity tools (Word and Excel). Don’t see Microsoft as a single faceted company doing 2 products. We are far bigger and diversified than that.

    (This is my private opinion and not necessarily those of my company’s).

    Comment by Balaji viswanathan — April 28, 2009 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  2. Balaji:

    Thanks for the post and flagging out what could have been misleading. It was certainly an oversight on my part.

    I have created a separate post that should hopefully be clear.

    Well, I also understand that Microsoft has a lot more products than Apple. But most of the products fail to excite.

    Comment by Subbaraman Iyer — April 28, 2009 @ 11:49 am | Reply

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    Comment by techwoo — January 9, 2010 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

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