(The Hosting News) – In the clash of tech titans, Google recently saw itself taking a new distinction from Windows-developer Microsoft. On Monday, Bloomberg reported that the top online search giant had overtaken the company in terms of market value.
The report emphasized the web’s increase in prominence over PC software services and cited a Google rise in stock totaling a valuation at $249.9 billion while Microsoft clocked in at a $247.2 billion valuation.
So are these the signs of a PC industry that’s not picking up steam amid a changing technologic landscape? In August, top PC hardware maker Dell reported an 8 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter of 2012, according to a Wall Street Journal.
And for many more, the PC economic outlook appears bleak. This year, in January, analysis firm Gartner reported PC sales had fallen by 5.9% for the quarter of last year.
The web may hold a distinct advantage in the battle, though. “The PC hardware business is obviously struggling,” commented analyst at Wedge Partners Corp. Mark Pyykonen in the Bloomberg report. The reason? “The transition here is pretty straightforward in terms of where things have moved to and certainly that’s cloud, that’s Web,” he emphasized.
Tablets and smartphone devices could also be taking a hit at the PC market. Through its mobile OS Android, Google has seen wide success with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola’s Droid, HTC devices and more.
Microsoft, for its part, has taken steps to shift towards the more tablet friendly market. The company expects to release Windows 8 later this month. The OS is more adept for the touchscreen culture, featuring a metro-style start page that allows users to easily slide screens and select options.