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Ever wondered the history of Apple and Microsoft and wanted to know from where application “windows” and desktop icons etc. originated? manolution.com has put together an infographic with key points in history in the personal computer (and other items we use every day) race:

Please note: Stock prices don’t represent splits in Microsoft’s stock. See the market cap at the bottom of the infographic for a more accurate portrayal of the standing between the two companies.

The creator of the infographic has been given a hard time over many details. Just use this infographic as an education in the history of the companies and not the basis for a research paper between the two companies.

See the rest of the history here: Microsoft vs. Apple: The History of Computing (Infographic)

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5 thoughts on “The History of Computing – Microsoft vs. Apple”

  1. UVAIS says:

    Nice article :)

  2. Manoj Verma says:

    very informative.. thanks a lot

  3. Alexandra Lawrenz says:

    Hey Rich – thanks for this article, it’s always helpful to brush up on
    your computer history! It’s amazing to actually see the difference between
    Apple and Microsoft’s market share – is this for
    computers only or does it include the iPhone and Windows phone as well?

    1. Rich says:

      The Market Share at the top is just for the PC operating systems listed.

      Separating out Windows does provide more insight; however, there should be consistency and different versions of OS X should be split out, too.

      The “Market Cap” figures at the bottom are for both companies as a whole (including XBOX, iTunes etc.)

  4. Traista Eugen says:

    Linux marketshare 5,1%!! Nice! I knew it was about 1%. 

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