I have long been amused by watching how the public’s perception of a company often changes as the company grows into a giant corporation. I remember when Microsoft (s msft) was just a hobbyist’s supplier of MS-DOS and BASIC, and how it became the “evil empire” in the eyes of many as it grew into the behemoth of today. The same has happened to Google (s goog) and Apple (s aapl), and we now see the two giants going head-to-head for our hearts (and dollars).
GigaOM has been watching this too, and have produced an outstanding graphic that shows Google and Apple squaring off in different areas. The graphic even points out what Steve Jobs really feels about Google. It’s worth a look on this Friday afternoon.
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