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-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.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-ipod-touch-apple-android-share-2011-4

Google Android has come out of nowhere in the last couple of years to kick Apple’s butt in smartphone market share

One common rebuttal among Apple fans has always been something like, “yeah, well, add the iPod touch to Apple’s iPhone numbers, and you’ll see a different story.”

It’s true. Adding the iPod touch does make Apple’s iOS shipments and market share bigger than if you ignore it, and it narrows the gap with Android.

But it made a much better argument a year ago.

In fact, because the smartphone market, Google Android, and even the iPhone are all growing much faster than Apple’s iPod touch business, adding the iPod touch to Apple’s iPhone stats actually makes iOS’s market share smaller than it was a year ago.

Specifically, while the smartphone market nearly doubled year-over-year in Q4 to about 101 million units, according to Canalys, the iPod touch only grew 27% year-over-year to about 10 million units.

Yes, the iPod touch makes Apple’s iOS relatively bigger, and is important for the iOS app platform, especially for gaming. But it doesn’t help the market share growth argument versus Android, because everything else is growing much faster than the iPod touch. (See data table below.)

This chart shows Android’s market share soaring from Q4 2009 to Q4 2010, whether the iPod touch is included in the overall market or not. Apple’s market share is significantly higher when the iPod touch is included, and the gap with Android is smaller. But the iPod touch actually hurts Apple’s market share growth year-over-year.

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