You know the great rivalries: dogs vs. cats, Yankees vs. Red Sox, Coke vs. Pepsi. Then there's Apple Computer vs. Microsoft. Two technology-sector observers joined "Power Lunch," to weigh in on the clash of these tech titans.
Apple's Mac was its first big product -- but Richard Stice, hardware equity analyst at Standard & Poor's, says the iPod was the firm's real "game-changing event." He underscored how the digital-music player far outpaced previously popular personal gadgets like Sony's Walkman -- and he clucked at Microsoft's attempt to rival the iPod with its less-than-thrilling Zune. Stice opined that Apple's new next-generation multimedia iPhone -- due to ship in June -- may be the next such "event" that alters the playing field itself. The analyst also declared that it is "highly unlikely" that iconic Apple CEO Steve Jobs will leave his post because of the hubbub over alleged stock-option backdating.