While Microsoft (MSFT) has begun emulating Apple (AAPL) in some notable ways - such as its...

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

While Microsoft (MSFT) has begun emulating Apple (AAPL) in some notable ways - such as its planned retail stores (for which Apple was once mocked) - Apple has spent the past five years doing something positively Microsoftian: building a hoard of $20B in cash and marketable securities (see comparison chart).