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A Finextra member 06 September, 2008, 09:22Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

They say the secret is in the numbers.

In this case the number of searches per hour might be distorted by the fact that many users are unknowingly searching from the address bar in their browser, they already know where they want to go but the data is sent to google's or MS's search engine first.

I'll let you make up your mind how many of those unintentional searches might be performed, but my guess is that it's quite a lot.

I wouldn't be surprised if those numbers would confuse shareholders a little bit. Simply there's search and there's search.

Google’s age: 10
Microsoft’s age: 33

Microsoft’s revenue at age 10: $140 million
($279 million in today’s dollars)

Microsoft’s revenue in the last 4 quarters: $60.4 billion
Google’s revenue in the last 4 quarters: $19.6 billion

Microsoft’s revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters: $6.9 million
Google’s revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters: $2.2 million

Microsoft’s net income in the last 4 quarters: $17.6 billion
Google net income in the last 4 quarters: $4.85 billion

Google employees, as of June 30th: 19,604
Microsoft employees, as of May 31st: 89,809

Google’s revenue per employee: $1 million
Microsoft revenue per employee: $672,000

Market value of Google: $139 billion
Market value of Microsoft: $235 billion

Number of tech companies with a market value larger than Google’s: 3 (Microsoft, I.B.M. and Apple, in that order)

*Worldwide searches on Google in July: 48.7 billion
*Worldwide searches on Microsoft in July: 2.3 billion

*Worldwide searches per hour on Google in July: 65 million
*Worldwide searches per hour on Microsoft in July: 3.1 million

Food for thought.

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