Infographic: Microsoft vs Apple

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Jun 11 10:01 am with 44 Comments

Apple vs Microsoft over "App Store"

Microsoft vs Apple is perhaps the greatest rivalry in the technology industry.

One blogger has decided to create a massive infographic to chart all the battles between each company. Microsoft started off when Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed a partnership called Micro-soft on April 4, 1975. The partnership was the beginning of a software giant that now accounts for software on 91% of personal computers worldwide. Despite the formation of Microsoft in 1975, Windows was not introduced until November 20, 1985, over 10 years later. Since the introduction of Windows the operating system has dominated personal computers ever since. Microsoft’s market share worldwide for Windows currently sits at 91%, which is significantly higher than its rivals, Apple and Linux.

However, it hasn’t been all rosy over the past 25 years. Several run-ins with authorities worldwide have forced Microsoft to un-bundle key components of its operating system such as Internet Explorer and more recently Windows Media Player. A notorious court case with the American Department of Justice, which ended in 2001, saw Microsoft forced to share its systems, APIs source code and records with a specially allocated panel of experts. In the years after 2001 it also saw Microsoft un-bundling Internet Explorer from the Windows shell. Microsoft also got into trouble with the European Commission on several occasions. In 2003 the EU ordered Microsoft to provide a version of Windows without Windows Media Player, labeled Windows N. In January 2009 the EU also forced Microsoft to create a version of Windows without Internet Explorer. The company created the version, known as Windows 7 E, but later scrapped it in favor of a “browser ballot” screen that would allow consumers to pick their preferred browser.

Microsoft’s latest battle with Apple sees them go head-to-head for a share of the mobile market. Research analysts IDC and Gartner have both predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices will beat iPhone sales by 2015. The next few years will be make or break for Windows across the desktop and mobile markets. How will Apple respond?

Infographic created by Manolution

Microsoft vs Apple

Via Pocket-lint.com

  • http://twitter.com/matt_nologo Matt

    Wow, what a great wall poster that would make :-)

    • Anonymous

      Would definitely impress the chicks!

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Haha I dunno about that ;)

    • Anonymous

      Sure, if you like incomplete, highly biased “information” …

  • http://twitter.com/Salem309 Ahmed Salem

    about the stock price: it is very illusive. when we compare between two companies we count on Market cap!

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention splits.  The infographic is total FAIL.

  • Foo

    Stock value is irrelevant as it doesn’t take into account the number of shares.

    Let’s say one company has 10 shares worth $10 each (company value: $100) and other one has 1000 shares worth $0.1 each (company value: $100). Then the values of both companies rise by $100 which would mean that the stock price of first company goes up to $20 x 10 shares as the company value is now $200 while the second company would be $0.2 x 1000 = $200.

    • Guest

      Ax stated earlier:
      Market Capitalization =  All Outstanding Shares X Current Stock Price       May 2000 Market CapitalizationApple         $17 billion      Microsoft  $356 billion      June 21 2011 Market Capitalization Apple        $305 billion     Microsoft   $202 billion     Percentage Change in Market Capitalization Apple       1694%Microsoft   – 43%In essence Apple has increase in value of $298 billion, 1694% in the last 11 years while Microsoft lost $154 billon or 43% of its value in the same amount of time.

  • Foo

    Stock value is irrelevant as it doesn’t take into account the number of shares.

    Let’s say one company has 10 shares worth $10 each (company value: $100) and other one has 1000 shares worth $0.1 each (company value: $100). Then the values of both companies rise by $100 which would mean that the stock price of first company goes up to $20 x 10 shares as the company value is now $200 while the second company would be $0.2 x 1000 = $200.

  • Al

    It’s incorrect such shares prices – Microsoft has many shares splits before dotcom crisis 2000.

    • Sam_rossi

      so has apple

    • Anonymous

      FAIL. Let’s see the stock splits included in the charts to better reflect overall performance.  No doubt Apple’s stock has skyrocketed, when was the last time they split?

      These charts are stupid and highly biased leaving out pertinent information

    • StockTrader

      Market cap would be a better comparison:

       Market Capitalization =  All Outstanding Shares X Current Stock Price       May 2000 Market CapitalizationApple         $17 billion      Microsoft  $356 billion      June 21 2011 Market Capitalization Apple        $305 billionMicrosoft   $202 billion     Percentage Change in Market Capitalization Apple       1694%Microsoft   – 43%In essence Apple has increase in value of $298 billion, 1694% in the last 11 years while Microsoft lost $154 billon or 43% of its value in the same amount of time.

    • Guest

      hard to read but that is correct MS has lost $154 billion in value while Apple has increase $298 billion making it worth more then MS.  

  • Al

    It’s incorrect such shares prices – Microsoft has many shares splits before dotcom crisis 2000.

  • Grannyville7989

    It’s impressive on what a comeback Apple made when Steve Jobs returned.

  • Al

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/a/7/da7e8eca-4410-4475-a211-03327408b655/msftpricehist.xls

    7 splits – 2 to 1
    2 splits – 3 to 1
    total 288 times

    Post-split
    Closing Stock Price

    (closing
    price adjusted for all stock
    splits)

    13-Mar-1986
    0.097
    Now – $24

    Feel the difference

    Price grew 2400 times !!! since 1986

    • Guest

      Apple market cap has increase in value of $298 billion, 1694% in the last 11 years while Microsoft lost $154 billon or loss 43% of its value in the same amount of time.

    • Guest

      Market cap is PERCEPTION. Sure MS has made errors and Apple has correctly executed [the binary ;) ], but fanboys like TechCrunch have skewed views. There are things to like about TC, but I wouldn’t trust them. MS are actually ahead in a number of aspects, sometimes they are less obvious like automatic memory management for in-house language.

    • SillyRabbit

      WTF, that is like saying the other time may have won the game but we played better.Any “price” for something is perception, market cap is where Buyer and Seller is in agreement on “price”.   As a agreed upon metrics of what a company is worth, there is not better one then Market Cap.   

  • Grannyville7989

    Also, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger; probably the best version of OS X that Apple has ever released, in my opinion. I’m quite disappointed with the feature set of Lion :(

  • Anonymous

    why would you compare stock price? it is meaningless without the market cap figure. author should have compared more meaningful quantities:

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/guides/2011/02/does-this-metric-make-my-company-look-big.ars

    • Anonymous

      I agree, it is not the only mistake in it but that fact
      is downright stupid and completely destroys the credibility of this infographic.

  • Guest

    Agree with the share price comparison being totally misleading and irrelevant. If you take into account % growth since 85, Microsoft is 3 times that of Apple.  The author needs to get the basics of finance right.

  • CandidCalum

    This infographic lost any credibility when it referred to Windows Phone 7 as “the Windows 7 phone.” Awful mistake.

    • Anonymous

      I felt a little Apple slant and up until the Windows 7 phone I thought it was just me being picky.

      Obvious iFan is obvious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

    A bit of a Apple-fan slant in here. He keeps adding things like “which was the best-selling PC in history” to the Apple stuff, but never to the Microsoft stuff (like Windows 7 being the fastest selling OS of all time).

    Plus, as stated, comparing stock price is pointless. I’d give this infographic a C-

    • Anonymous

      I’d give it a FAIL.

  • Renzo

    Oh man what ever happened to Encarta??

    I used to spend HOURS on it reading like I do on WIkipedia now a days.I remember watching videos from the moon landing back in 1994 on it, when I was but a kid, amazed at how awesome this new fangled “multi-media” software was :D

    • Zaksousa44

      I THINK THEY KILLED IT SOMEWERE BETWEEN 2009-2O1O

    • Guest

      Google specifically ranked it higher hoping one day they will see ad revenue from it. Considering they rape your privacy, I see this as quite evil.

  • Anonymous

    mistake there
    ios is 26%
    and Windows is 7%

    • http://snslurk.com Gero Brockschnieder

      Different sources, different numbers! It’s hard to find definite and correct numbers on such topics I think!

    • http://snslurk.com Gero Brockschnieder

      Different sources, different numbers! It’s hard to find definite and correct numbers on such topics I think!

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or can anyone else not discern Win 7, linux and mobile in the pie chart? The shades of blue are just to close to each other.

    • Guest

      Linux is the 5% (enterprise and places like Brazil where it is more popular in other countries, specifically it is more popular than Macs in Brazil).

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or can anyone else not discern Win 7, linux and mobile in the pie chart? The shades of blue are just to close to each other.

  • http://snslurk.com Gero Brockschnieder

    Maybe the chart at the bottom is a fail as many here stated. But isn’t the rest at least a good collection of information put together in one nice image? Don’t be so hard with the authors of those ;)

  • http://snslurk.com Gero Brockschnieder

    Maybe the chart at the bottom is a fail as many here stated. But isn’t the rest at least a good collection of information put together in one nice image? Don’t be so hard with the authors of those ;)

  • Betosobreira

    Microsoft dominated in the 80′s, 90′s and took some time in the 00′s for Apple to grow. Anything that grows fast, goes down fast….

  • Anonymous

    my friend Tom Warren, you definitely need to take Finance 1-2-3 before posting anything else

  • nickuofm

    Not one mention of Kinect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.coulter Nicholas Coulter

    I just wanted to note that the name of the newest phone OS from MS is not Windows 7 Phone, but Windows Phone 7.  I know that it’s a stupid thing to be pickey about but that’s just the way I am.  And to all of you who have commented on stock price, you guys are correct when you say that Market Cap is a better figure.  I also love that the picture they show for the zune is actually a copycat device sold over in asia.  That is not the infamous “Brown Brick.”  Also of note, they failed at showing each major announcement of each company.

  • Major Plonquer

    I guess Xbox doesn’t count as a computing platform?  By my calculations there are just about the same (or maybe more) Xboxes in the world as there are Macs.  Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?