Microsoft buys Skype.
Intel invests $300 million to push ultrabooks.
Intel invests in automotive technology.
Microsoft invests billions in Nokia as well as Barnes and Noble's eBook/Reader business.
While Intel and Microsoft are not working directly together, their separate efforts will have profound impacts on Apple throughout the spaces in which the company runs.Despite what the headlines lead you to believe, Intel and Microsoft already dominate the laptop and desktop markets. Clearly, Apple -- thanks to the late Steve Jobs -- saw the future first and acted accordingly. Like Ovechkin for much of the regular season, it appeared that Intel and Microsoft merely had their heads down on the bench. While that might have been the case for a period of time, that lack of aggression is history.