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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:26

I simply couldn't imagine this happening... but then back in the hayday of the Sega / Nintendo wars, who'd have thought that Sega would fail and end up selling their games on Nintendo consoles? 




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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:27

That's the second worst thing I've read on this site in the last 24 hours, and thankfully the less likely.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:30

They are already partners in Rockstar Consortium. And, at one point in history, Microsoft owned some Apple stock.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:30

Hello no!

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:31

That's the second worst thing I've read on this site in the last 24 hours, and thankfully the less likely.

 

I think for enthusiasts of either vendor, it's probably the worst possible scenario they could ever imagine. 



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:37

No way would an Microsoft/Apple merger pass the justice dept.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:46

It wont happen even if both companies wanted it.  Would never get approved.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:49

im not that bad in speculations either. i predict that in the future we will not talk anymore of specific companies, we will talk more of syndicates. there will be a few syndicates ruling every profitable economical sector.

 

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:56

They are already partners in Rockstar Consortium. And, at one point in history, Microsoft owned some Apple stock.

 

$150 million worth of stock. Sort of. They also got to release IE for Mac (terrible) and Office for Mac (slightly less terrible) in the deal.

 

Obviously this story is nonsense. Microsoft is more likely to split itself into two divisions than it is to add anything.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:59

Given their record of late I think Apple would sooner go bust than hire Microsoft's UI designers.

What UI designers? Wasn't metro created with paint.... i'm confused   :laugh:



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 13:04

They are already partners in Rockstar Consortium. And, at one point in history, Microsoft owned some Apple stock.

 

 

Partners in a Consortium just means a coop between companies, how many other companies are in this consortium... and anyone can buy Apple stock, so that doesn't mean anything, I'm sure Apple owns Microsoft stock,

 

This story should have been posted on April Fools day as a fact, that would have been good.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 13:07

Partners in a Consortium just means a coop between companies

 

I would have never thought of that by myself. Thanks for putting it in plain English for me.

 

and anyone can buy Apple stock, so that doesn't mean anything

 

That investment made some good returns for Microsoft.

 

how many other companies are in this consortium.

 

There are at least five there.

 

 I'm sure Apple owns Microsoft stock

 

I highly doubt that.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 13:13

I highly doubt that.

Actually they do own Microsoft stock, they also get wide ranging access to Microsoft Technologies.  The reverse is true as well.  

This is all part of the money infusion that happened in the early 2000s. 



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 13:24

I believe that the IT industry as a whole is moving towards some kind of a unification. No one needs to have two competing standards or modes of operation. It's neither efficient, nor effective. So, it's quite possible that, in ten years, an Android phone will be capable of running both iOS and WP apps.

 

In the end, this rivalry is meaningless because all these companies (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG, FB) are U.S-based, operating under the supervision of NSA.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 13:26

I believe that the IT industry as a whole is moving towards some kind of a unification. No one needs to have two competing standards or modes of operation. It's neither efficient, nor effective. So, it's quite possible that, in ten years, an Android phone will be capable of running both iOS and WP apps.

 

In the end, this rivalry is meaningless because all these companies (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG, FB) are U.S-based, operating under the supervision of NSA.

 

in ten years its doubtful that msft, appl, goog and fb are rivalrying each other much. it will be more a rivalry between the western and eastern world.