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Google's stock price has been on a steady rise over the last three months ? thanks to that growth, the search, advertising, and mobile giant surpassed Microsoft earlier this morning as the second-most valuable technology company, according to Bloomberg. It's been a few hours since Google first surpassed Microsoft, and as of this writing both companies have market caps right around $248 billion. But given the huge rise in Google's stock over the last three months while Microsoft's has been essentially flat, Google should move past Microsoft into sole possession of second place before long (though we can't make any guarantees where the stock market is concerned).

Over the past few years, Google and Microsoft have been increasingly competitive on a number of fronts ? Microsoft launched its own search engine in Bing, while Google broke into the mobile work in a big way with Android and launched its own browser (andbrowser-based desktop operating system) with Chrome. Microsoft has been increasinglyblunt about touting its perceived advantages over Google, particularly following backlash towards Google's new privacy policy earlier in the year. But from a purely financial perspective, Google has been on a dominating role. That said, Google still has a long way to go to match Apple, whose market cap surpassed $500 billion earlier in the year and now sits at over $624 billion ? nearly 40 percent higher than Google and Microsoft.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/1/3438630/google-microsoft-market-cap

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-01/google-passes-microsoft-s-market-value-as-pc-loses-to-web.html

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I love how you always post Google-positive news and Microsoft/Apple-negative news. :D

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I love how you always post Google-positive news and Microsoft/Apple-negative news. :D

i love how you post Microsoft postive news and Google/Apple Negative news.

and btw, I am the same person who posted this when Apple became the most valuable company of all time http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1099917-apple%E2%80%99s-market-cap-621b-now-the-most-valuable-public-company-of-all-time/

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I guess time to buy some MSFT :p

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Hopefully, things will change for Microsoft when they release Windows 8.

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I guess time to buy some MSFT :p

Definitely. The stock price has likely hit it's floor.

On a related note, I really wanted to invest in Nokia last Friday... NOK was up over 8% today and closed up 7.18%. I'd rather invest in Nokia instead of Microsoft... Microsoft isn't really a mover. I don't see it going over $32 even if Win8 and WP8 are a huge hit.

For instance, anyone who invested in Nokia back in July and dumped it in August would have doubled their money. It's possible if everything works out for Nokia that it's price may double again.

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I love how you always post Google-positive news and Microsoft/Apple-negative news. :D

Why does that matter? People cannot post everything and tend to post what they like or are interested in. There are plenty of pro Apple/MS people here to post other articles. :)

Not sure how much this is going to change with MS releasing WP8. Slow growth for WP so far so it may take a while. Interesting to see the shifts in "power" over the years tho. In 10 years, or sooner, another company will be on top probably.

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