Apple Can’t Top Microsoft in $17 Billion Sale

Apple Can’t Top Microsoft in $17 Billion Sale

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As Apple transformed itself from a near-bankrupt personal-computer also-ran into the world’s largest technology company, the Cupertino, California-based maker of iPad computer tablets and iPod music players has posted annual sales growth that’s been about 10 times that of the Windows 8 designer over the past four years.