The Rivals, Side by

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The search giant's release of free spreadsheets and word processors has been a hit with small businesses. But will it play in larger enterprises?


The Rivals, Side by Side

Microsoft Google
Chief Executive Steve Ballmer
First business manager hired by Bill Gates; with Microsoft since 1980
Eric Schmidt
Former CEO of Novell and chief technology officer, Sun
Stock from August 19, 2004 (date of Google IPO) to July 30, 2007 Microsoft Stock Chart Google Stock Chart
Overall company growth, latest fiscal year 15% 73%
Biggest business, latest fiscal year $16.4B
Microsoft Business Division (inlcudes Microsoft Office)
Search-related ads
Cash as of June 30,2007 $23.4B $12.5B
Number of employees 76,539 13,786
Years from inception to $1B in revenue 15 years 5 years
Years from inception to $10B in revenue 22 years 8 years


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