26th May 2010
Apple Surpasses Microsoft as Most Valuable Technology Company
Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads, overtook Microsoft, the computer software giant, on Wednesday 26th May 2010, to become the world's most valuable technology company.
In intraday trading in the afternoon session, Apple shares rose 1.8 percent, which gave the company a value of $227.1 billion. Shares of Microsoft declined about 1 percent, giving the company a market capitalization of $226.3 billion.
This changing of the guard caps one of the most stunning turnarounds in business history, as Apple had been given up for dead only a decade earlier. But the rapidly rising value attached to Apple by investors also heralds a cultural shift: Consumer tastes have overtaken the needs of business as the leading force shaping technology.
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