Feeds

Who's got more cash? Apple or Microsoft?

Earnings closer than you think

Security for virtualized datacentres

Recent figures from Microsoft and Apple reveal some interesting changes to how the companies compare financially. Apple's earnings may be closer to Microsoft's than you think.

Apple's PC and server sales still account for a small fraction of the worldwide market. And even if you go by Apple's latest official quarterly earnings, the old perception of scale holds: Microsoft big, Apple small.

But AppleInsider picks up on a curious bit of insight by comparing revenue, profit, and cash positions of the two companies. On the surface, Microsoft has a much higher revenue and profit for the quarter.

Revenues Net Profit
Microsoft $15.06bn $4.37bn
Apple $7.9bn $1.14bn

Microsoft wins handily. God in in his heaven, all's right with the world, right? Well, it just happens the true power of Apple's Jesus Phone is cloaked by rules of SEC reporting that separate ongoing subscription products from initial hardware purchases.

Let's dump the iPhone numbers into the mix:

Revenues Net Profit
Microsoft $15.06bn $4.37bn
Apple $11.68bn $2.44bn

Hold the...*ahem*...That's a whole lot closer. Apple's revenue is almost 78 per cent of Microsoft's revenue, but its profit is only 56 per cent.

It's also interesting to see how their coffers compare in 'cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments' - emergency funds if you will. Under Microsoft's couch is $20.7bn, while Apple has $24.5bn.

There's probably nits to pick in the comparison, but worth noting that Apple really isn't the underdog anymore. How long before Apple catches up completely? ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.