| Microsoft is a technology company that develops and supports software, services, devices, and solutions. Co. provides a range of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide software, services, platforms, content, solution support and consulting services. Co. also delivers relevant online advertising. Co.'s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; and video games. Co. also designs and sells devices, including personal computers, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, other intelligent devices, and related accessories. We show 48 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our MSFT shares outstanding history coverage, used to compute MSFT market cap on those dates.|
Understanding the changing numbers of shares outstanding, the changing
share price, and the resulting changing Microsoft market cap history over the course of time is important for investors
interested in comparing Microsoft's market cap history versus its peers.
Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies,
and then calculating their respective market caps. Comparing the share price of Microsoft versus a peer is one thing; comparing
Microsoft market cap versus a peer is a completely different story.
Furthermore, via fluctuation both in per-share price and in the number of shares outstanding (via issuance of new shares over time, the repurchase of existing shares),
the market cap for a company like Microsoft can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching Microsoft by allowing them to research the Microsoft market cap history.