Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates talks with an event producer while preparing for the launch of Windows ’95 in Redmond, Wash., in 1995. (Jeff Vinnick/Reuters)
Apple, Microsoft, and the vicissitudes of capitalism

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E verybody is talking about Apple this week. We should be talking about Microsoft.

Apple hit a milestone last week, becoming the first company to achieve a market valuation of $1 trillion. Between the usual anti-capitalist banalitiesOh, inequality! Corporate concentration! The shrinking middle class! The horrifying spectacle of Asian people working in manufacturing jobs! — there have been a few mildly awestruck appreciations of the fact that, not so very long ago, Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy, about 90 days away from running out of cash, according to the late Steve Jobs. Apple was so diminished that there


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