There are many ways to compare tech kings Microsoft, Apple and Google. You could hang a computer engineer upside down by his Keds from the rooftop of a tall building and demand he pick a favorite. But that might result in a felony. You could judge them them strictly by how high their stock price grows. But then you might get made fun of by your editor. So how do you accurately compare the trio that are arguably the largest, most successful tech companies in the world? You look at how much money they make, silly.
These days we are so used of thinking of Apple as the David to Microsoft's Goliath, so it's interesting to look back at a time when the situation was actually the opposite. Microsoft was a much smaller company than Apple back in the 1980s, and it wasn't really until after its success with Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 that the company really (really) started to approach its current Goliath status.
And consider this: Both Apple and Google have been growing their revenues and profits at a much faster rate than Microsoft the last few years. Is that a sign of things to come? Will Apple once more be a bigger company than Microsoft at some point in the future? Will Google?