There should be an image here!We here about it almost everyday. This is how Microsoft is beating Apple. This is how Apple is beating Microsoft. But at the end of the day, does any of this really matter for the betterment of the products being offered to the consumer? Perhaps not at this stage in the game, but it is clear that Apple is on board with some areas that could help those earnings and eventual mind share, to soar past their friends in the Microsoft universe.

Now for the reality check, regardless of that the earnings end up being now or over time, here are some in-escapable facts. First, Microsoft is too late in the mobile space. No doubt that they will curve our a niche for themselves here, but Apple has already perfected it in many respects. Second, Apple will never approach Microsoft on the desktop for the same reason Android wins on the mobile phone. More vendors, more hardware supported.

At the end of the day, the real money maker to watch is going to be the application stores. Apple obviously wins here with their paid app, even if Android wins in the free area here. And Microsoft is still starting out, so it’s difficult to say for sure how this is going to work out. But as of right now, I am betting Apple surpasses Microsoft in their earnings and stays there. Call it a hunch. Just as Apple fails in the enterprise market, Microsoft is not shaping up so well in the growing mobile realm.