Sure, in terms of pure percentages, Google is growing much faster than Microsoft. Revenue at the search giant surged from roughly $439 million in 2002 to a lofty $16.59 billion in 2007. Absolutely amazing.
But Microsoft actually has Google beat. Thanks to some dominant brands (Office, Windows, Exchange, etc.), Microsoft's revenue has surged from $28.37 billion in 2002 to $51.12 billion in 2007.
Here's a chart showing both company's annual revenue (in billions) since 2002:
Translation: Microsoft's top-line has grown roughly $23 billion since 2002, compared to Google's top-line growth of about $16 billion.
So, a few takeaways:
- Yes, Google is growing faster than Microsoft in terms of pure percentages
- Yes, Google's annual revenue growth (in terms of actual dollars) may beat Microsoft's revenue growth this year
- Yes, the world is infatuated by open source, SaaS and Web 2.0
- But sorry, Microsoft bashers: The software giant isn't collapsing.
The VAR Guy is no fan of Windows Vista. But there's no denying Microsoft's fiscal power.