Why Google is worth more than Microsoft

Microsoft is now chasing a company that embodies the post-PC world but the software giant started losing its mojo well before Google was born.

Google has now joined Apple in being more valuable than Microsoft and it's hard to miss the symbolism of this. However, the reality is that Microsoft’s share price has been stuck in a rut for well over a decade, with the stock slowly losing value over the past 12 years. It was $US25 in December 2001 and is $US29 today. In the same time, Google started at $US102 in 2004 and is $US756 today. To a certain extent, Microsoft stopped being significant even before Google got started.

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