When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion (roughly Rs. 38,31,445 crores), the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger – let alone twice as big – was laughable. Apple was teetering on bankruptcy. And Microsoft was so dominant in personal computers, then the center of the technology universe, that the government deemed it an unlawful monopoly.
This week, both Microsoft and Apple unveiled their latest earnings, and the once unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion (roughly Rs. 42,20,769 crores), more than double Microsoft’s current value of $338 billion (roughly Rs. 20,88,755 crores). (more…)