A year ago, much was made of the fact that Apple's market value had surpassed that of Microsoft's. At the time, it was hard to know whether this was a one-off kind of occurrence -- the result of a remarkable run-up by Apple -- or a permanent shift.
One year later, it's clear that the change is permanent, because a ghost from Microsoft's past has also surpassed it in market value: IBM. Yes, the company Microsoft left for dead more than a decade ago now has a higher market value than Microsoft.
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