Microsoft (MSFT), as measured by the numbers:
—Gross revenue from June 2001 to June 2002: $28.4 billion
—Market value as of Oct. 31, 2002: $287.6 billion
—Money spent on research and development per year: $5.2 billion
—Number of employees: 50,500
—Bill Gates' net worth: $43 billion
—Share of home computer operating system market: About 93 percent
—Number of copies of the latest Windows XP operating system sold: 67 million
—Number of copies of latest Office XP suite sold: Over 60 million
—Share of Web browser market: About 96 percent
—Countries whose 2001 gross domestic product in U.S. dollars is less than Microsoft's market value: More than 150, including Switzerland, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
Sources: Microsoft, International Data Corp., Forbes Magazine, International Monetary Fund.