Microsoft is now second most valuable company behind Apple

Microsoft is now second most valuable company behind Apple
In the world of finance, and equities traded on the various stock exchanges, nothing is forever. However, this past week Microsoft saw its market capitalization surpass Exxon Mobil, a company that had long been the most valuable company until Apple surpassed it a couple years ago.

There was a temporary reversal between the two giants in their respective industries in the wake of Apple Maps mess. Cupertino recovered from that problem quickly though, and Apple has maintained a large overall value that even an energy conglomerate like Exxon Mobil is not likely to catch in the near future.

Microsoft’s fortunes have been taking a turn for the better lately, and that has reflected positively on the company’s stock, particularly over the past year, which has seen the stock increase over 40% since January.

All told, that gives Microsoft a market cap valuation of about $408 billion, which narrowly eclipses Exxon Mobil’s market cap of $402 billion. Both companies are having pretty good years though, so we expect these positions to switch a bit.

Of course, both Microsoft and Exxon Mobil are a distant second and third behind Apple’s $670 billion market cap, and that value is not likely to decrease any time soon, as the company is enjoying the brisk sales of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.

via: BGR

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55 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Deserved.

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agreed.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Agree windows rocks. And the software update support for WP is great. They promised all WP8 device will get WP10 update... Coool...

11. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Windows rocks? said no one ever. I'm running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS and am so glad I removed windows.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

to get anything useful on Ubuntu you need to donate and if you're gonna pay might as well pay a bit more for something that is light years ahead in system support I mean sure Ubuntu is way better at hardware efficiency and is fun to mess out around with on root but Linux has limited cases of productivity while windows is designed for productivity

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

microsoftnokiawin, You really are a vessel of incorrect information. What donation are you talking about? Windows and Linux each got their strength and weakness. Depending the role I may recommend one over the other. For a file server a Linux ZFS NAS has advantage plus there is no license per cpu cost and restriction. Application and remote desktop hosting windows server.

44. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

I think that's what he was saying, He was saying windows is the best at productivity, so it's better for the computer you use for work, but ubuntu is more efficient, sot it's better for NAS stuff

37. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

@microsoftnokiawin what the hell are you talking about? I never payed for anything! everything is free on linux! you can always use something like wine to run windows apps if necessaryhttps://www.winehq.org/ . Everything is possible on linux.

45. Dastrix unregistered

I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows on my PC, and I must say that as much as I like Ubuntu, I keep going back to Windows.

23. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

It was only a matter of time and the way it is going Microsoft could well be on the top spot sooner than later as it is a true tech company driving innovation in all aspects. Mobile just happens to be a hot sub-section in these times.

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apple is the most valuable because they control both hardware and software. Microsoft is slowly getting there, they have improved the surface line of products, they need to price the XBox better , but I believe their smartphones will never bee any good

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Agree.. though WP deserve much better attention than it has now.

9. dazzmichael

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Time shall tell, WP OS is growing each day. its takes time for great things to happen.

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

apples don't grow in a day and neither did the iPhone it took 4 iPhones for apple to make a dent and 5 to become popular so approximately 4 years Wp has It's pros is catching up in features but still has miles to catch up but saying it will never be any good is bit of a long call and also unsupported and Xbox DOES not need to be priced better it's gonna $350 bundled with a game what more do you need

16. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Priced better? The XB1 is currently $350. The Assassin's Creed bundle give you TWO free games ($90 value), one of which just came out last week. There is also a $450 CoD bundle that gives you the game, AND a 1TB HDD. So as far as pricing, any lower and you're around the 360 price range. That would make no sense.

43. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still you could build a better PC for $400 and buy PC games which are much cheaper Especially since there's big sales and bundles every week for PC And also no charge for online If the Xbox One and PS4 was $200 I'd totally buy both for their exclusives, but I'm just gonna wait for the price to go down

52. Structures11

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Sorry, no you can't build a $400 gaming PC that's better than the PS4 or Xbox One. Also, the appeal to consoles is that there are no changing hardware pieces. A developer doesn't have to try and optimize for countless different hardware specs and can focus on one hardware set and optimize it.

53. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You can, e.g. here for $415http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hFZmQ7 This has a faster CPU/GPU as well Even with optimization this will still run games better An extra $50 you could get a far R9 280 (1 year of console online) Another an extra $100 you could get an even better R9 290 (2 year of console online) You can get Windows for free if your a student or use linux Or for ~$100 (2 years of console online)

54. Structures11

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Too bad the memory doesn't have a price (that memory is another $80 btw). The motherboard you suggested doesn't have SLI compatibility and it needs it for the GPU. The GPU needs 500w Power supply you have a 430w Power supply up there. There is a lot wrong with that setup. That setup would not work. Try again.

55. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Opps didn't see that the ram was missing 430W is more than enough The GPU recommends 500W because there are low quality PSU that dont actually deliver as much power as they say Also because you have to take into account the CPU This build has a 50W CPU, not a 100W or 200W CPU 430W is plenty, the estimated wattage is only 300W, so still plenty of room to overclock as well This build has an AMD GPU, which uses CF, not SLI (Nvidia) CF or SLI is only needed if you have 2 or more GPUs, this build only has 1, so its unnecessary You dont need SLI or CF unless you want to game at QHD or 4K Also if you wanted to save money and not overclock then you get a cheaper $40 mobo instead this $75 one Also this build has no yearly $50 online fee, so its the same price Or cheaper since the yearly online fee adds up and makes the consoles much more expensive

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Apple is the most valuable because they had taken their CEO back after they forced him out decades back. They were still in control of their hardware and software in the 80s and early 90s when their stock was a joke. Steve Jobs turned the company around and made it what it is today. I'm not about to say that he always did what was best for the company, but if not for him, Apple would have continued on their downward spiral right into oblivion.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And some cash from MS and lawsuits and Patent agreements that the gov forced MS to share with Apple...

35. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

MS has no one to blame but themselves for having a patent agreement with apple or paying them money. And seeing how the surface uses a magsafe style connector and smart cover, they should be thankful. It's amazing how much stuff you get wrong every time you post

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It's amazing how you have yet to actually prove anything I post 'wrong'. Yet what is amazing, is you still actually come into WP articles and still post, now that takes a special kind of person. Actually their patent agreement makes them stronger, and has sprouted thousands upon thousands of more. And paying them money, actually again, helped them out. So I have no clue what you are even eluding to other than..."oh look elite posted, lets go into left field, dance naked, and hope I get noticed..." you do get noticed cause your naked, but getting noticed and actually having something to say or do are two different things.

50. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sprockkets, stop dancing naked, it's upsetting elite... :P

51. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Yes, you are wrong. You said the gov forced this upon them. That's not the reason why they were forced to do what they did. Read up on the history of that trial before spewing out misinformation. You have a browser and google - I'm not going to do the work for you.

29. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Their smartphones already are good; the best actually, IMO. I think iPhones are crap, hardware and UI both, on the other hand... Objectiveness is always a winner.

38. Phonecall01 unregistered

"will never be any good" really..!!? Might not be as popular as iPhone and Android...but they're pretty awesome. But what am I saying!!??... You're Tim Cook...lol

4. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Apple solely the 1st because over speculation and wall street games of power.

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Apple is definitely the best business company currently.(my opinion:))

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