Google had applied for incorporation as a business 10 years ago which is according to a time line supplied by Google. The application was accepted on 7th September - which was a Sunday.
In that decade, Google has very quickly emerged as the most successful business on the Web, and many expect it to dominate the next era of computing as thoroughly as Microsoft dominated the era of personal computers.
Here's a quick snapshot of Google by the numbers along with some comparisons to Microsoft. The sources of the data are the companies annual reports, Yahoo Finance and comScore.
Google's age: 10
Microsoft's age: 33
Google's revenue in the last 4 quarters: $19.6 billion
Microsoft's revenue in the last 4 quarters: $60.4 billion
Microsoft's revenue at age 10: $140 million
($279 million in today’s dollars)
Google's revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters: $2.2 million
Microsoft's revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters: $6.9 million
Google's net income in the last 4 quarters: $4.85 billion
Microsoft's net income in the last 4 quarters: $17.6 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's revenue per employee: $672,000
Market value of Google: $142 billion
Market value of Microsoft: $241 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
Isn't this an eye-opener?