Apple could see its valuation threatened in the short term by Microsoft’s Oct. 22 release of Windows 7, according to an analyst report that also suggests that Apple’s Mac market share will remain strong in the future. Although Apple Macs have gained share in recent years, the launch of Windows 7 will lead to a flood of inexpensive PCs from Microsoft’s manufacturing partners, potentially affecting the composition of the marketplace.
- The launch of Windows 7 may dampen Apple’s revenues in the short term, according to a recent analyst note from RBC Capital Markets, but in the long term the Mac franchise will remain hardy.
quot;We do not expect Microsoft’s pending launch of Windows 7 Â… to erode Apple’s Mac franchise, quot; Mike A…

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