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What is Microsoft?Copy link to section
Microsoft is one of the world’s largest technology companies. Its breakthrough came in the 1980s and 1990s, as Microsoft became the dominant provider of operating systems and other software for personal computers.
The company has expanded into other ventures through a series of acquisitions, growing into a behemoth with a market capitalisation of about $1.75 trillion and annual revenue of $198 billion.
Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft is best known for the Windows operating system, although sells a wide range of other products and services, including the Microsoft Office suite, Surface laptops and tablets, Xbox gaming consoles, and Azure, a cloud computing platform
How does Microsoft make money?Copy link to section
It makes money by selling and licensing its products and services. Microsoft’s flagship products, such as Windows and Office, generate a significant portion of the company’s revenue through licensing and sales. It also has a cloud platform, Microsoft’s Azure, that offers a wide range of uses, such as data storage, analytics, and machine learning.
Microsoft also sells hardware, such as the Xbox console and its Surface line of tablets, laptops, and other devices. Additionally, it generates revenue through subscriptions to its professional networking platform, LinkedIn and online advertising on its search engine, Bing.
What is Microsoft’s best selling product?Copy link to section
Microsoft’s best-selling product is the Windows operating system. Windows is the most widely used operating system in the world, it is pre-installed on most personal computers and has a 76% market share.
Who are the key executives at Microsoft?Copy link to section
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates owns around 1% of the company and is no longer part of its leadership team. Here’s a selection of some of Microsoft’s key executives.
- Satya Nadella. Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- Bradford L. Smith. President and Chief Legal Officer
- Jean-Philippe Courtois. Executive Vice President and President, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations
- Kurt DelBene. Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development
- Kevin Scott. Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
- Judson Althoff. Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business
- Kathleen Hogan. Executive Vice President, Human Resources
- Karen C. Moore. Corporate Vice President, Investor Relations
Where can I buy shares in Microsoft?Copy link to section
You can buy Microsoft stock on a stock trading platform. These platforms are extremely simple to use but there are different options to suit your specific needs. If you are a first-time investor you might want to use a trading platform for beginners, while if you plan on doing a lot of trading from your phone, a stock trading app might be best.
Are there any other ways to invest in Microsoft?Copy link to section
The simplest way to invest in Microsoft is to buy shares through a stock broker. However, you can also invest through an ETF or a fund. The best ETFs allow you to invest in the stock market more generally rather than focus on one company.
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What is the Microsoft stock price today?Copy link to section
The MSFT stock price today is currently $235.77, as of 12 January, 2023. The price of Microsoft is down -24.92% over the last 52 weeks. You can use the live Microsoft stock chart to track the NASDAQ:MSFT price in real time above, or compare the Microsoft value today to its past performance using the Microsoft financials tab at the top of this page.
What is the 52-week low for Microsoft stock?Copy link to section
The 52-week low for Microsoft stock is $213.43. MSFT stock is currently 10.24% above the 52-week low.
What is the 52-week high for Microsoft stock?Copy link to section
The 52-week high for Microsoft stock is $320.88. MSFT stock is currently 26.33% below the 52-week high.
What is the stock forecast for Microsoft?Copy link to section
The average Microsoft stock forecast has a price target of $370 by the end of 2023. Microsoft’s latest financial results, the broader economic outlook, and the amount of competition in the industry all influence these forecasts.
It’s best to take analyst forecasts with a grain of salt but you can use their estimates to help you understand the weight of opinion about a stock. Read our latest Microsoft price forecast for more analysis and guidance.
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Microsoft’s market capitalisation is $1.68 trillion. This is calculated by multiplying the number of shares that have been issued by the current MSFT share price. Another way of measuring this is enterprise value, which includes Microsoft’s debt obligations. Microsoft’s enterprise value is $1.63 trillion.
Microsoft went public via an iinitial public offering (IPO) on March 13, 1986. Its opening price was $21 per share, but quickly rose to $35.50 later in the day. This made Microsoft one of the most valuable companies in the world. Its IPO is considered as one of the most successful in the history of American business.
Despite founding the company, Bill Gates currently owns approximately 1% of Microsoft. The largest shareholder is The Vanguard Group, which has a 8.5% stake in the business. In second place is Blackrock, which owns around 7% and in third place is , State Street, with a 4% holding.
Microsoft’s biggest competitors are other technology companies. Here’s a brief selection of some of its main competitors.
Yes, Microsoft has had nine stock splits in its history. Stock splits are a way for a company to increase the number of shares outstanding while keeping the overall value of the shares the same. They usually occur when a stock’s price becomes too high and are used a way to make the company accessible to a wider range of investors.
Microsoft’s first split took place In 1987 and was a 2-for-1 stock split. Its most recent occurred In 2003 and was another 2-for-1 split.
Microsoft releases its earnings report every quarter. The company typically releases its earnings report for the first quarter (Q1) in April, for the second quarter (Q2) in July, for the third quarter (Q3) in October, and for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full year in January.
Yes, Microsoft pays a quarterly dividend of $0.68 per share.
If you had invested $1000 in Microsoft in 1986, at the time of its initial public offering, the value of your investment would have grown significantly over the years. Microsoft’s price in January 2023 is approximately $235, which amounts to a gain of over 300,000% (adjusting for stock splits). That means a $1000 investment into Microsoft in 1986 would be worth over $3 million today.
You would have also collected over $300,000 in dividends in that time.
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