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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? ®

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