The Information Technology 100
Microsoft may not be growing all that fast these days. And its stock price has languished since the middle of 2002. But its Windows and Office monopolies continue to make Microsoft one of the most important companies in technology, helping earnings climb 56% for the first nine months of fiscal 2006, even as sales grew only 8%. Those businesses generate enough profit that the software giant can add $1 billion a month to its cash holdings. That's enough to fuel new efforts to find growth in markets as far and wide as video-game consoles and customer-relationship management software, though few of those bets have paid off yet.
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All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.
* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.
Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek
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