updated 02:15 pm EDT, Wed May 3, 2006
Apple pulls ahead of Dell
Apple has once again pulled ahead of Dell in overall marketcap value, as Dell waits for Microsoft's delayed Windows Vista operating system to ship while the Cupertino-based company airs TV ads promoting its new Mac systems. Apple is still enjoying the publicity of its recently-released Boot Camp software, allowing Intel Mac users to dual-boot Mac OS X with numerous other operating systems, including Microsoft Windows XP. The software's debut caused a massive spike in Apple's share value, resulting in a gain of more than 15 percent in four days' time as investors mulled over the prospect that Apple could snatch considerable marketshare from other PC makers, such as Dell. Apple first surpassed Dell in market cap value on January 13th of 2006, after which Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent an "email chuckle" to company employees. The email cited CEO Michael Dell's prediction in 1997 that he would shut down Apple and give the money back to its shareholders.