At the close of markets on Friday, Apple had a bigger market cap than Microsoft and Intel combined — the so-called Wintel alliance that almost buried Apple a decade ago.
Here’s how much Apple, Microsoft and Intel were worth on Wall Street at the end of the week:
Add it up. Wintel = $316.8 billion. Apple = $317.60 billion
As MacDailyNews, which first noticed the numbers, points out — 13 years ago Bill Gates said he was puzzled why Steve Jobs would want to return to the troubled company he cofounded:
What I can’t figure out is why he (Steve Jobs) is even trying (to be the CEO of Apple)? He knows he can’t win — Bill Gates, June 1998
Perhaps the day that Bill Gates returns to his own troubled company isn’t too far away?