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Top 50 rank: 10
Rank in Computer Software: 5 (Previous rank: 3*)
Overall score: 6.37
Why it's admired
The attempted merger with Yahoo fell apart, Windows sales are down, and Microsoft is slashing 5,000 jobs. But the software giant, which has almost $20 billion in cash, is still a force. It recently beat out Google to become the default search provider on Verizon's wireless network and partnered with LG to put Windows Mobile on its cell phones. Microsoft also hired a former Wal-Mart exec to help the company open retail stores across the country. And now that Yahoo's got new CEO Carol Bartz at its helm, those merger talks might get going again. -A.A.

Address: 1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425-882-8080
Website: www.microsoft.com
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 7
People management 5
Use of corporate assets 7
Social responsibility 4
Quality of management 5
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 6
Quality of products/services 8
Global competitiveness 3
Industry: Computer Software
Most Admired
1 Intuit 7.41
2 Adobe Systems 7.32
3 Electronic Arts 6.71
4 Autodesk 6.63
5 Microsoft 6.37
Rank Company Overall score
6 Oracle 6.24
7 SAP 6.19
8 Symantec 5.96
9 CA 4.15
From the March 16, 2009 issue
*Designated as a U.S. industry. Prior yearís ranks, unless otherwise noted, are ranks in the Americaís Most Admired Companies listing.
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