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In the past year, Apple stock has been +115%, vs Microsoft +7%. Over the last five years, Apple stock has been +2270%, vs Microsoft +21%. And in the last ten years, Apple stock has been +4314%, vs Microsoft +89%. Those extraordinary statistics emerged during the week as the blogger community discussed the relative merits of money invested in Apple versus the same amount invested in Microsoft. Microsoft has 80,000 employees, +95% market share, and competes in businesses outside of Apple, which only has 18,000 employees and ~3% worldwide market share. However, Apple is bringing in more than a third of Microsoft's revenues and making more than a quarter of Microsoft's profits, and is selling new Macs - which eat up direct sales of Windows PCs - four times faster than the industry. All in all things are looking good for Steve Jobs. ... (more)

Ballmer Allegedly Throws Chair Over Google Hiring

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw a chair across the room when Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Mark Lucovsky told Ballmer that he was leaving to join Google. This is according to an article by Verne Kopytoff of the San Francisco Chronicle, reporting on court documents containing statements by  Lucovsky in the Microsoft-Google contretemps over the hiring by Google of former Microsoft researcher Kai-Fu Lee. Ballmer has stated that Lucovsky's version of what transpired is a "gross exaggeration." Kopytoff reported that "Lucovsky recounts that Ballmer erupted violently after Lucovsy ... (more)

Microsoft Unleashes Yukon, New Version of SQL Server 2005 in San Francisco

A new version of SQL Server 2005, codenamed Yukon, is to be launched at a gala event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco today. As the next version of Microsoft's flagship database management platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is being unveiled by Mike Tuchen, general manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. SQL Server 2005 features significant enhancements in Enterprise Data management, Developer Productivity and Business Intelligence. First benchmarks for SQL Server 2005, says Microsoft, have established it as the price and performance leader among enterprise database manag... (more)

Software Tree Object-Relational Mapper Aims for .NET Simplicity

Software Tree's  NJDX 1.0 Object-Relational Mapper (OR-Mapper) "dramatically reduces the complexity of developing modern object-oriented applications on the .NET platform by eliminating the painful need to write huge amounts of complicated infrastructure code for data integration, "the company says. Software Tree says the product adheres to some well thought-out KISS (Keep It Simple and Straightforward) principles "to provide smooth integration with popular databases including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, and Microsoft Access. NJDX has also been tightly integrated with Vi... (more)

Microsoft Unleashes ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Web-Wide

Microsoft today announced the official release to Web of ASP.NET AJAX 1.0. This tool provides Web developers with the essential tools to simplify building next-generation, AJAX-style Web applications through what it calls "seamless integration with the .NET Framework and Microsoft platform." Today's announcement at the http://ajax.asp.net/ web site is succinct: "ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating a new generation of more efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers." ASP.NET AJAX RTW 1.0, says t... (more)