Microsoft in 2005

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Case Code : BSTA139
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1998-2005
Organization : Microsoft
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : US
Industry : Computer Software

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Exhibit 1: Segment Information

Exhibit 2: Microsoft: A Comparative Profile

Exhibit 3: Microsoft's Financial Performance at a Glance

Exhibit 4: Revenue by Major Geographic Areas

Exhibit 5: Financial Highlights

Exhibit 6: Segment wise Income Statement

Exhibit 7: Income Statement


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