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
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
All in all things are looking good for Steve Jobs.
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)
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'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 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)