“When pigs fly” and “when hell freezes over” are some of the idiomatic expressions we’re hearing today in response to the claim made by one prominent Wall Street analyst.
Speaking with Fox Business on Monday, Keith Fitz-Gerald of Money Map Press said the merger may not be out of the question down the road.
“This is one of those unthinkable but absolutely possible deals,” Fitz-Gerald stated. “I think that Apple and Microsoft may not only have to work together for the next few years but may even see a merger in the next five to ten years from now because they’re going to have to take on the Google/Android/Facebooks of the world.”
“Look at what Apple wants to accomplish with the mobile market,” he added. “You look at the one Microsoft initiative. And you look at the cross-pollinization of devices. Content is king. Security is king. And you’ve got a user base between the Millennials and the senior citizens who have to have easy-to-use, functional stuff that is transparent between devices.”
It’s a controversial theory, for sure. But is it plausible?
For Microsoft and Apple, some industry watchers observe, the merger could conceivably make sense one day. But there’s a bigger force than the will of these two companies that could prevent the merger of the millennium: the federal government.
By Fitz-Gerald’s own admission, the government may now allow such a merger because of the enormous concentration of power and market control that would result from the deal.