It is official now, Apple is the most valuable company. The NY Times reported this week that Apple officially passed Microsoft as the most valuable tech company. To most observers this is no surprise as Apple has been the center of innovation for nearly ten years with products such as the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iTouch, iPhone, and the iPad. Each of these innovations has changed everything from eliminating the floppy disk to finding profitability in digital distribution. However, what makes this news important is that Apple is at the forefront of a tectonic shift in computing. We are entering the post-PC era, where most computing happens on mobile devices and increasingly tablet computers. Of course Apple is by far and away the leader in this new era as they are defining the space as much as they are leading it.
All that said we have to keep in mind Microsoft has a stranglehold on the corporate desktop and server market and that is unlikely to change anytime soon especially with the SharePoint 2010 release. And Google has the smarts and agility to catch or even surpass Apple. All of this translates to goodness for consumers.
(submitted by Judi)