Ballmer's is still bigger than Jobs'July 22, 2010: 5:09 PM ET
But four years ago Microsoft's quarterly revenue was 2.7 times Apple's. Now it's 2.2% larger.
Bottom line: Earnings of $0.51 on record sales of $16.04 billion, up 22% year over year.
But Steve Ballmer's lead over Steve Jobs' lead may not last long. Four years ago, his quarterly revenue was 2.7 times larger than Jobs'. Today, it's only 2.2% bigger and Jobs' iPad just provided Apple with a whole new revenue stream. For the quarter that ends in September, Cupertino is forecasting sales of $18 billion.
Meanwhile, Apple's market capitalization, which overtook Microsoft's in May, continues to outpace Redmond's. The total value of its shares now stands at $235.7 billion, compared with Microsoft's $226.46 billion.
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