Microsoft has ended 2018 as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world, compared to rivals such Apple and Google.
At the time of writing (January 2019) the comparison is:
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While Microsoft has not experienced a near exposure to extinction as Apple did in 1999 (when a $150 million loan from Microsoft ironically saved it) Microsoft has been counted out for a long time by most media, analysts and pundits.
However, 5 years ago, when Satya Nadella managed to focus the Microsoft stronghold on the segments which were already growing well, such as Azure and the subscription software market. Cuts were then made to segments such as the Windows Phone and other consumer ventures.
This move has however alienated many of its consumer fans, who found themselves [now] increasingly reliant on such technology produced by Microsoft’s rivals.
Microsoft’s mission to serve every platform has started to show some great benefits, allowing users, as an example, to control their Xbox using Alexa and sign into their PC using their Android phone fingerprint reader.
Windows 10 finally overtakes Windows 7
Microsoft ended 2018 on another high note, with their latest Windows 10 OS finally overtaking their 10-year-old version of Windows 7.
In December 2018, Windows 10 held about 39.22% of the market share, finally topping the 36.9% held by Windows 7.
Browser Popularity at December 2018
On the desktop browser comparison Google has strongly shown dominance by taking more than 2/3 of the desktop browser market share as December 2018.
It has been noted that use of both Edge and Internet Explorer has shown a decline. Firefox has experienced somewhat of a growth, suggesting that those who refuse to use Chrome has settled with Firefox.