16012.87 vs 31993.25
The chart says if you've invested in AAPL and MSFT way back in 1986/87. AAPL would have a 16012% return and MSFT would have a 31993% return, almost double of AAPL. It'll be interesting how this chart would show in anther 10 yrs.
If you look at 1 year growth and YTD
Apple vs Microsoft
-21.10% vs 5.07% 1 year
-6.46% vs 18.8% YTD
I think sometimes Steve doesn't get enough credit for his business acumen.
If he hadn't been wise and practical enough to make that deal with Microsoft, It's possible that Apple wouldn't have survived. It was an unpopular decision, and it even got him booe'd by the Apple faithful at its announcement, but it was a very smart move in hindsight.
That took a lot of balls, and is one more example of his greatness as a CEO.