Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-steve-jobs-saw-apple-triumph-over-microsoft-2011-10

One of the defining threads that ran through Steve Jobs’ life was his battle with Microsoft and Bill Gates.

Though Steve Jobs was always seen as the cool innovator, for a long time Gates and Microsoft were the winners in business.

Microsoft’s success ate at Jobs. It became the world’s most valuable company, and Gates the world’s richest man, because “Windows just copied the Mac,” as Jobs put it in his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford.

Upon returning to Apple in 1997 he told the faithful, “We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose.” Once Jobs and Apple did that, and began focusing on iPods, iPhones, and iPads, the company’s earnings and valuation soared.

After years of fighting as an underdog, Apple’s market cap blew by Microsoft‘s last year, making it the world’s most valuable tech company.

Jobs and Apple had finally and definitively triumphed over Microsoft. It’s fitting Jobs was able to enjoy that in the last year of his life.

Did he need market approval? Probably not. But you know he loved getting it.

In reaction to Jobs’ death, Gates was as gracious as could be. He wrote, “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-android-vs-ios-2011-9

New smartphone buyers are overwhelmingly choosing Android phones in comparison to iPhones and BlackBerrys, new data from Nielsen reveals.

Below you can see Nielsen’s subscriber share numbers. On the left are the total subscriber share numbers. On the right is the subscriber share numbers for the three months ended in August, which is a better predictor of the future of the market.

As you can see, in the three month period 56% of buyers opted for Android, versus just 28% for Apple. Rough for Apple, but if there’s a positive in there, it’s that Apple’s subscriber share is holding steady while Android eats up BlackBerry share and share from “other”.

But, with the iPhone hitting Verizon, we thought Apple would be in better shape in the U.S. Maybe once the iPhone 5 arrives, we’ll see a tilt? Or, maybe Android keeps running away with this thing.

chart of the day, operating system share, september 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-versus-android-a-state-by-state-comparison-2011-8

We admit that this is not a chart but it is the coolest thing we’ve seen today.

The map below from ad network JumpTap is breaking down which mobile operating system is most popular on a state by state basis. As Dan Frommer at SplatF put it, Android versus iPhone is the new red state versus blue state.

chart of the day, android, iphone, blackberry state by state, aug 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-microsoft-profit-by-division-2011-7

Microsoft often likes to boast that it has multiple billion dollar revenue businesses, but there should be no mistake about what’s driving its profits: Windows and Office, with Servers And Tools kicking in a little bit extra.

chart of the day, microsoft, profit, income by division, july 2011

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Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/direct/yahoo-core-search-queries-drop-13-in-june-18321/

Core search queries conducted by US web users on Yahoo dropped 13%, from almost 3.79 billion in May 2011 to about 3.28 billion in June 2011, according to comScore qSearch data. Yahoo retained its number two ranking among US search providers for core search queries.

Microsoft Core Search Queries Rise 5% Although Microsoft (including the Bing search [...]

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-us-search-market-share-2011-7

After spending billions of dollars over the last two years fighting Google with Bing, what does Microsoft have to show for it?

Not much from a marketshare perspective. The latest comScore data shows Bing’s share is at 14.4%, and it’s not exactly growing like a weed. 

If you’re looking for something positive in here from Microsoft’s perspective, it’s that Google’s share has been stalled at 65% in the U.S.

Don’t Miss: Can We Stop Pretending Bing Is Doing Well?

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-googles-headcount-2011-7

Last night Google reported strong earnings with big revenue growth. It also reported that headcount is still soaring upwards, a trend that started a year and half ago. Below we’ve charted Google’s growing headcount, and its flattening revenue per employee.

chart of the day, google employees, revenue, july 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-hulu-plus-2011-7

Hulu Plus now has 875,000 paying subscribers according to CEO Jason Kilar. It pales in comparison to Netflix’s 23 million subscribers, but considering Hulu is primarily a free ad-supported video site it’s not too bad.

In a blog post revealing the data Kilar says,”we proudly and profitably pay the content community approximately $8 per subscriber per month for the content offering you see today on Hulu Plus. A portion of the $8 payment to the content community comes from our $7.99 subscription fee; the balance comes from the revenue we generate through advertising.”

This is good news for Hulu, but it comes at an uncertain time for the site.  Disney CEO Bob Iger said today Hulu’s owners are committed to selling the site, and it was just reported that Kilar is not under contract.

chart of the day, hulu plus subscribers, july 2011

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5818321/its-official-there-are-more-iphones-than-blackberries

It's Official: There Are More iPhones Than BlackBerrys (But Android Still Dominates)Smartphones are finally outselling dumbphones, but not everyone’s a winner. ComScore’s latest numbers show that still aren’t looking good for RIM.

After losing 4.2 percent of their market share in the US, they’re down to 24.7 percent vs Apple’s 26.6 percent. Looks like their “superphone” can’t come soon enough.

On the other hand, it seems Google’s Android is doing quite well for itself. In that same 5 month period, it leapfrogged 5.1% to a whopping 38.1%.

It’s also worth noting that despite the launch of WP7, Microsoft lost 1.9% thus continuing it’s downward trajectory towards obsolesence. But who knows, maybe Mango will be sweet enough to lure customers from the shiny Apple. [All Things D]

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/android-growth-flattens-2011-6

Growth in purchases of Android smartphones in the U.S. has stalled this year, according to a new report from Nielsen.

Android still has the largest share of the smartphone market, but thanks to the Verizon iPhone, its share of new phone buyers has flatlined. Apple’s share has picked up, moving from 10% of new smartphone purchases to 17% of new smartphone purchases this year.

This is a nice change of pace for Apple which had been getting crushed in the smartphone marketshare battle.

According to this chart, Apple is still going to be lagging in overall smartphone share. But, it’s a good sign for Apple that more people are buying iPhones thanks to it being on Verizon.

Another thing to note here: Smartphone purchases are greater than feature phone purchases in the U.S.

Chart of the day android growth

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