This is fascinating – a review of Microsoft vs. Apple competition since 1984, complete with all major product announcements, personnel changes and stock values:
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It’s amazing to look at the stock price swing with the release of new products, and also to see that MS stock has actually fallen since they went public in 1986 ($27.50 then versus $24.01), whereas Apple stock has gone from $25.12 in 1984 through $17.00 in 2000 to be at $338.04 now.
Maybe the stock market does value innovation after all?