News

Microsoft Rises in Fortune 500 Ranking

Microsoft climbed five spots to reach 46th in the annual Fortune 500 ranking of the largest companies in the United States by revenues.

Microsoft's $36.8 billion in revenues for 2004 place it well ahead of all other software companies. The only other software company in the Fortune 500 list, which appears in Fortune magazine's April 11 issue, is Oracle, which is ranked 220th with $10.1 billion in revenues.

Other IT companies rank well ahead of Microsoft in size, however. IBM slipped a spot to 10th on its $96 billion in revenues, but still kept ahead of Hewlett-Packard, ranked 11th with $79.9 billion in revenues. Dell ranks 28th with $49.2 billion in revenues.

When it comes to profitability, Microsoft is right back up there. The company's profits of $8.2 billion last year were good for 12th most profitable among the Fortune 500, just behind IBM.

AMD surged from 473 in the 2004 list to 387 this year. Other IT companies of note in the Fortune 500 include Intel (50), Sun Microsystems (194), Apple Computer (263), NCR (337) and Gateway (495).

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • 2021 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.

  • Microsoft Lets Orgs Test Their AI Systems by Attacking Them

    Microsoft has released an open source tool that lets organizations use attack-testing methods on their artificial intelligence (AI) software solutions.

  • With Support Winding Down, Microsoft Again Nudges Skype Users Toward Teams

    Microsoft has issued yet another warning to organizations still using Skype for Business Online, reminding them that support for the product will end on July 31, 2021.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.