When? Presently, apple's balance sheet is worth 65 billion on the asset metric. Microsoft has assets worth over 91 billion. You do the math. The second company is far more mammoth and stable. This takeover is not feasible financially, and the two companies position themselves as competitors of sorts. What could apple do with a business that has stagnated and stabilized in a slow growth trend? What would apple want with microsoft when it has positioned itself as the fresh, innovative leader compared to microsoft, which is bureaucratic?