IBM and Microsoft Top Tech Brands in Survey

According to international marketing brand firm Interbrand, IBM and Microsoft are No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in its 2008 ranking of the "Best Global Brands."

Both fall behind the No. 1 global brand, Coca-Cola. According to Interbrand, IBM's "brand value" has increased 3 percent over the last year, enough for it to pass Microsoft and take the No. 2 spot that Redmond held in 2007. Even so, Microsoft's brand value grew 1 percent last year, Intebrand said.

Other tech companies to make it into the top 10 in 2008 -- alongside non-tech brands such as GE, Toyota, Microsoft and Disney -- are Nokia (5th), Intel (7th) and Google (10th). According to Interbrand, Google's value grew a whopping 43 percent this year; last year, it came in at No. 20.

According to Interbrand, HP ranks 12th, Cisco 17th and Apple 23rd. BlackBerry was the only new technology brand to make the list this year, debuting at No. 73.

A complete list of Interbrand's rankings can be found here. Methodology information for the study can be found here.

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Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including,, and, among others.