Signature Assignment Week 8

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ACCT 504
Nov 13, 2023
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Week 8: Signature Assignment Overview Markus Davis ACCT504 -Accounting and Financing Professor: Timothy Zorek DeVry University
Complete one paragraph, profiling each company's business, including information such as brief histories, where each company is located, number of employees, the products each company sells, and so forth. Please reference any websites that you used for the profiles on the Bibliography tab. Apple Inc ., headquartered in Cupertino, California, is a leading American multinational technology firm, recognized as the world's largest company by market capitalization as of March 2023, and the top technology company with a revenue of US$394.3 billion in 2022. As of June 2022, it's the fourth-largest personal computer vendor, the largest manufacturing company by revenue, and the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer globally. It's grouped with the Big Five American IT companies alongside Alphabet, Amazon, Meta Platforms, and Microsoft. Established on April 1, 1976, by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Ronald Wayne as Apple Computer Company to sell the Apple I personal computer, it was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. in 1977. Apple II, its subsequent computer, was among the first mass-produced microcomputers, propelling the company to go public in 1980. With innovative products like the original Macintosh in 1984, Apple has continually evolved, reaching market valuations of $1 trillion, $2 trillion, and $3 trillion in August 2018, August 2020, and January 2022 respectively, and as of June 2023, it's valued just over $3 trillion. Despite facing criticisms over certain practices, Apple maintains high brand loyalty and is consistently ranked among the world's most valuable brands.
unfolding of recent data, Microsoft stands as a pivotal entity in the global technology sphere, boasting a diverse array of software products, hardware, and services. It is well-recognized for its cornerstone products including the Microsoft Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office suite, and browsers such as Microsoft Edge. Additionally, its foothold in the gaming industry is solidified with its Xbox brand, and the acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016 has bolstered its presence in the professional networking domain. The inception of Microsoft dates back to April 4, 1975, when visionaries Bill Gates and Paul Allen embarked on a journey to foster a new era of computing, thereby laying the foundation of Microsoft to market and develop software for the burgeoning personal computer market. The corporation has continually evolved, marking significant milestones in the technology domain, with notable achievements including the ubiquitous adoption of its operating systems and software suites, and substantial acquisitions like that of GitHub in 2018 and Bethesda Softworks in 2020. As the landscape of technology continually morphs, Microsoft remains at the forefront, fostering innovation and driving a range of initiatives across cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. Through strategic alliances, acquisitions, and a persistent endeavor for innovation, Microsoft continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the digital future, maintaining a significant impact on the global technology ecosystem while holding a reputable stance among the leading technology
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