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36. Microsoft
Rank: 36 (Previous rank: 35)
CEO: Steven A. Ballmer
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A blockbuster launch for the Windows 7 operating system brought a welcome boost to the world's biggest software maker, helping it close 2009 with record revenue and profits.

The rest of the business was a mixed bag. Corporate customers cut spending in the recession, and Microsoft's online and mobile businesses continued to lag.

Still, the good outweighed the bad: A search deal with Yahoo and positive buzz around a new version of its Office flagship has kept the stock on a steady climb for much of the year. --J.F.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 58,437.0 -3.3
Profits 14,569.0 -17.6
Assets 77,888.0
Stockholders' equity 39,558.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 260,131.9
Profits as % of  
Revenues 24.9
Assets 18.7
Stockholders' equity 36.8
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 1.62
% change from 2008 -13.4
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 8.6
Total return to investors %
2009 60.4
1999-2009 annual rate -4.4
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Microsoft 36 58,437.0
2 Oracle 105 23,252.0
3 Symantec 353 6,149.9
4 CA 482 4,271.0
5 Electronic Arts 494 4,212.0
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
Figures are for fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.
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California 57
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New York 56
Company 2009 $ (millions)
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Microsoft $14,569.0
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