Microsoft Surpasses Apple as World’s Most Valuable Company

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has overtaken Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) to become the world’s most valuable public company. This has not been seen in over a decade.

Source: The New York Times

The tech giant’s emphasis on generative artificial intelligence (AI) has propelled its market value to a historic high of $2.887 trillion, marking an increase of over $1 trillion in the past year.

Analysts are comparing the shift to the early 2000s when tech and internet companies began taking over the top positions by market capitalization from consumer and financial firms. Microsoft, alongside Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOGL), Nvidia (Nasdaq: NVDA), and Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), has experienced significant upswings, with its deep focus on AI leading the way.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft’s strategic move to incorporate OpenAI’s technology into its suite of productivity software not only helped its cloud-computing business but also positioned the company to challenge Google’s dominance in web search. 

Meanwhile, Apple is facing the reality of declining demand, particularly for its flagship product, the iPhone. The company has felt the weight heaviest in China where competition against the homegrown tech giant, Huawei, is surging. 

Apple saw a 30% year-over-year drop in its Chinese iPhone sales in the first week of 2024 and a 3% overall decrease in 2023. The competition has been so tight — and analysts say it will just get tighter — that Apple has resorted to offering rare discounts of as much as 5% or about $70 (500 yuan) on the latest model, iPhone 15, in China as a limited-time Lunar New Year promotion.

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