People often ask me if the biggest tech companies in the world are Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Amazon. My answer is always: yes. Yes, they are all big right now and will probably remain big forever. But which one reigns supreme? That depends on who you ask!
Apple is the world’s most valuable company, with a market cap of $1 trillion. It’s also the world’s most profitable company and brand, with a net income of $46 billion in 2018. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 to sell personal computers. Their first computer was called the Apple I; it had only 4K of memory and sold for $666. Apple II came next, followed by Macintosh and iPod before reaching iPhone on June 29th, 2007 after years spent developing what would become iOS mobile operating system.
When it comes to tech, Amazon is going full throttle. With annual revenue of over $178 billion and a net income of $10.28 billion in 2018, the company has cemented its place as one of the biggest tech companies in the world.
Amazon has grown from being an online bookstore to becoming one of the most valuable companies in the world (currently valued at about $900 billion). The company’s business model relies heavily on selling products online, along with providing cloud services for other businesses and individuals.
Amazon is also responsible for creating many popular shopping apps like Amazon Prime Video, Alexa Skills Store, and Twitch. In addition to this, there are countless brands that sell their products on the Amazon marketplace platform such as Razer Inc., Philips Hue Lighting Systems, etc.
Google is a multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. Google is the world’s largest Internet company by revenue and has diversified into other fields such as cloud computing, robotics, transportation (self-driving cars), healthcare (Verily), and even energy.
Google Search is the most widely used search engine on the World Wide Web with over 100 billion daily searches across more than 50 languages. As of July 2019, Google Search is also the world’s most popular smartphone web browser.
Microsoft is a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services. Microsoft is the world’s largest software maker by revenue.
Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4th, 1975 after they left Harvard University. The company started off as “Micro-Soft” because it was hard to pronounce “Microsoft”. They soon decided to change the name after being told that people would not buy products from a company called Micro-Soft so they changed their name to simply “Microsoft”.