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Apple and Microsoft may merge in 5-10 years

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xendrome    4,378

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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+Mirumir    5,157
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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Clirion    144

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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+Mirumir    5,157

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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typu    46

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.

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Mandosis    103

Which one is worth more ... ? :p

I think it might be Apple

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daniel_rh    43

That would be a major business move

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+fusi0n    1,564

I could see them being more friendly in the future and share some integrated services.. But, they would never merge with each other.. 

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MDboyz    549

... In another news, anal-ysts will move out of their parents' basement and start to look for real jobs in the next 5-10 years.

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tsupersonic    1,325

/sigh. These analysts should be treated like the WBC. Just stop giving them attention to these stupid "market predictions".  :rofl:

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+LogicalApex    1,745

This is just too far to happen I think...

 

The only way I see a merger happening between Microsoft and Apple would be with Apple buying Microsoft out. This could only happen of MS ended up a lot like BB where they were lumping along in the market at a severely depressed valuation. I understand that Windows 8 has been doing pretty poorly, but even still I can't see MS being so weak in the future that Apple would be able to just swap them up.

 

I still see MS moving to be very similar to IBM (working the backend and services larger clients) if they lose the mobile war and the desktop starts to slowly retreat. They will play a major role in software and cloud services no matter which way the market swings...

 

Basically, I just can't see how MS will become that low within the next 5 - 10 years. This not only seems unlikely it seems too far fetched to be realistic.

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Sandor    436

no chance.

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Dot Matrix    7,123

This has got to be the biggest load of crap I've ever seen, why would you even link to this garbage?

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xWhiplash    351

There is no possible way this would ever happen.

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greenwizard88    449

Hahahahahaha

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Kreuger    104

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.

 

Do you not understand how competition drives things forward? And on topic, I also don't see it working.

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Gotenks98    419

If there was any chance of this happening it would have been in the late nineties and early 2000's. I personally can't see it happening at all.

^^^This. There is about a snowball's chance in hell of this happening. The 2 companies were founded on different ideals as well as catering to 2 different crowds and they have 2 different business models. Its like mixing oil and water its just not going to happen.

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adrynalyne    7,897

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

This.

 

I am surprised it took two pages of posts for someone to mention it.

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Dot Matrix    7,123

I wonder how much these people get paid. I wish I could just stay at home and publish crap like this all day for a paycheck.

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Som    356

ibox

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

i honestly do not see this ever happening no matter what analysts have to say.

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Astra.Xtreme    2,090

I'm pretty sure this could never happen due to "monopoly" laws.

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medhunter    30

Perhaps, MS will eat an apple

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winrez    118

Kind of reminds me of the rumor that Apple was going to buy Nintendo (which I think is more likely than a MS/Apple merge)

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123456789A    4,708

Microsoft should merge with the Home Depot so they can sell more Windows.

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