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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.

Company Info

Revenues* $38.9 BILLION
Revenue Growth 9.3%
Return on Equity 23.7%
Total Return10.4%
Profits* $11.2 BILLION
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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Company Snapshot

Microsoft Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, licensing, and support of a range of software products for various computing devices. Its software products include operating systems for servers, personal computers (PC), and intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; information worker productivity applications; business solutions applications; and software development tools. The company also provides consulting and product support services; and trains and certifies system integrators and developers. It sells the Xbox video game console and games, and PC games and peripherals. The company’s online businesses include the MSN subscription and the MSN network of Internet products and services. Microsoft also researches and develops advanced technologies. Microsoft also offers music download service in 19 market versions in 17 countries, including 13 western European countries. The company has strategic alliances with Dell, Inc.; KT Corp.; Langchao Group; and MTV Networks, Inc. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by William H. Gates III. The company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
Steven A. Ballmer

Steven A. Ballmer

AGE: 49


Chief Executive Officer and Director

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Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**


Degrees Held

Harvard University (Bachelor's Degree)

* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

Steven A. Ballmer, William H. Gates III, James E. Allchin, Robert J. Bach, Douglas J. Burgum, David W. Cole, John G. Connors, Jean-Philippe Courtois, Kenneth A. DiPietro, Kevin R. Johnson, Michelle Mathews, Craig J. Mundie, Jeffrey S. Raikes, Eric D. Rudder, Bradford L. Smith, David Vaskevitch

Board Members

Steven A. Ballmer, David F. Marquardt, Ann McLaughlin Korologos, Jon A. Shirley, Raymond V. Gilmartin, James I. Cash, William H. Gates, Charles H. Noski, Helmut Panke

Data provided by Capital IQ
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