MarketWatch First Take: Microsoft shows it deserves place among tech giants

Microsoft Corp. became even more deserving of its $800 billion-plus valuation Thursday by showing strong growth and projections for more, but the 43-year-old software giant can’t rest now if it wants to maintain its seat at the table with other tech giants.

Microsoft MSFT, -0.68% reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street’s expectations Thursday, and surpassed the $100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time, topping $110 billion to boot. At an age when growth is hard to come by for most tech companies, Microsoft reported double-digit revenue growth across all its businesses except for Office consumer products, which was up 8%.

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