Feeds

Apple worth more than Microsoft and Intel combined

Fanbois rejoice! Dreaded Wintel beast vanquished

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Let historians note that on Friday, June 3, 2011, Apple surpassed the market capitalization of Microsoft and Intel combined.

This milestone comes to us courtesy of MacDailyNews, which notes that as of the close of Friday's markets, Microsoft's market cap was $201.59bn and Intel's was $115.21bn, putting the combined value of the once-feared "Wintel" juggernaut at $316.8bn.

Apple closed marginally down today, but its market cap checked in at $317.6bn.

Okay, so Apple's lead over Wintel may be tiny – but it's real. And for we unreconstucted fanbois who weathered the wanderings of Apple CEOs John "Focus-Free" Sculley, Michael "Over His Head" Spindler, and Gil "Fumble-Mumble" Amelio, 'tis a great day, indeed.

If you're a long-time Apple-watcher (welcome, brother!), you'll remember how the two-headed Wintel beast provoked both fear and loathing among the Cupertinian clan. We derided it – but that derision was born as much out of insecurity as it was out of a feeling of superiority.

Wintel was The Great Satan, grinding its pitchfork into the spleen of the Mac faithful, seemingly invincible, titanic in its majestic market share.

Actually, "Titanic", come to think of it, is not an inappropriate descriptor.

My, what a difference a decade or so makes. Microsoft is struggling for relevance, Intel is scuffling to break into the all-important low-power mobile market – and Apple has $66bn in the bank, has single-handedly flipped the PC market on its ear with the iPad, and will next week open a Worldwide Developers Conference whose tickets sold out in a matter of hours.

And we all know how Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer feels about the importance of "developers, developers, developers, developers."

As überfanboi website MacDailyNews points out, for Apple fans (Some would say "Apple cult members"—Ed.), passing Wintel in market capitalization is cause to "bathe in some of the purest Schadenfreude ever concocted."

It's also a good time to blow a fine, fluidic raspberry – pfllt! – at some of the naysayers who predicted – hoped for? – Apple's failure over the years. And thanks to the good folks at The Mac Observer and their long-running "Apple Death Knell Counter", we can indulge in some of the choicest predictions of Apple's demise:

And that's just in the past 10 years. There are, of course, other classics remembered by long-term fanbois, such as Michael Dell's 1997 answer to a questioner who wanted to know what he'd do if he were Apple's CEO: "I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

Then there's the quote from a recently unearthed unpublished 1998 interview with Bill Gates that MacDailyNews reminded us of on Friday: "What I can't figure out is why [Steve Jobs] is even trying [to be the CEO of Apple]?" the ur-Microsoftie said. "He knows he can't win."

Well, Billy-Boy, he did.

As a company, Apple is infuriating: secretive, controlling, ruthless, and monomaniacal. But love them or hate them – and there seems to be little middle ground – you cannot deny that in the last decade they have become very, very successful.

Successful enough to vault over the Wintel beast. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.