Microsoft on the cusp of passing Apple to become the most-valuable U.S. company

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire File Photo)

Someone time traveling from five years ago might not believe it, but it’s 2018 and Microsoft is poised to surpass Apple as the most valuable company in the U.S. by market capitalization.

The Redmond-based tech giant has managed to avoid the trappings of a stock market drop that wiped out hundreds of billions in value from some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

(YCharts Chart)

Depending on which stock-tracking service you follow, Microsoft is roughly even or a couple billion short of Apple’s value, with Microsoft briefly pulling ahead and then closing just shy of the lead during trading today. Apple finished the day with a market cap of $814.64 billion to Microsoft’s $814.45 billion, per YCharts.