Apple made headlines when it surpassed Microsoft in market value, the stock market’s measure of a company’s overall worth.

And now it’s IBM’s turn.

The venerable technology company overtook Microsoft in market value for the first time since 1996 yesterday, based on closing share prices, according to Bloomberg News, which has a detailed analysis of the strategies of the two companies and how they’re playing out today.

To get a sense for how things have been playing out, we put together this chart showing the trends over the past ten years, with Google added into the mix for fun, as well.

Apple Market Cap Stock Chart

Comments

  • Guest

    Congratulations to IBM on continuing to generate shareholder value! Perhaps Microsoft should also engineer up some compu to play a trivia game against Ken Jennings and that other guy.

    • Guest

      Good idea. Suggested topics: competitor’s products Ballmer predicted would fail which went on to huge success, MS products he promised would succeed which failed, number of times he predicted a turnaround that never came, list of failed acquisitions and the amount lost on each, creative excuses Mundie has used over the years to pretend R&D has been effective, amount of shareholder value lost by Steve in any given year.

      • Guest

        I’ll take creative excuses Mundie has used over the years to pretend R&D has been effective for $200.

        • Guest

          Big category. Better start at $100 and pace yourself.

          • Guest

            I see you haven’t watched Jeopardy! in the last 10 years.

            I’ll take creative excuses Mundie has used over the years to pretend R&D has been effective for $200.

          • Guest

            Guilty!

          • Guest

            I’ll take creative excuses Mundie has used over the years to pretend R&D has been effective for $200, Gordon.

          • Guest

            In 2011, while fielding well deserved criticism for how MS managed to lose its decade head start in both mobile and tablets, Craig said it’s okay because “I believe the successor to the desktop” isn’t the tablet but in fact this”.

          • Guest

            What is the Wndows Phone 7 mobile phone?

            I’ll take creative excuses Mundie has used over the years to pretend R&D has been effective for $400.

  • Guest

    “We love our strategy!”
    – Steve Ballmer

  • Guest

    Is this a surprise? MS has been a dead stock for more than a decade. The only surprising thing is that more companies haven’t caught up and passed them sooner. Look for Google and Oracle to do it next.

  • Brent

    If Steve has any remaining self respect he should voluntarily step aside. In his zeal to defend the core franchises he has failed to develop anything that has the potential to replace them. And now the moats surrounding those franchises, which used to be almost unassailable, have been breeched by Apple, Google, and others.  They even made it look easy, which is was because Ballmer’s Microsoft is a pale shadow of the company that competitors feared in the 90’s.

    2018 is supposedly his planned retirement date. I doubt he makes it. But I shudder to think what will be left of MS if he does.

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