Google Overtakes Value of Microsoft

Now This Is BIG!
Has the Giant Been Bested?

Google has surpassed the market capitalisation of Microsoft for the first time, underlining the  transition to a web-centric technology world from one dominated by  personal computers.

A slight bump in Google shares on Monday meant the company was  valued at $US249.5 billion ($A241.92 billion), while a dip in  Microsoft stock gave the PC software maker a market capitalisation  of $US247.8 billion.

Both companies still trail behind Apple, which has built a value  of over $US630 billion, largely based on the amazing success of its  iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

Google was founded in 1998 after graduate computer science  students Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new way of  searching the internet.

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 just  as personal computers were starting to become widespread and became the world’s largest software maker after developing the dominant  operating system for PCs.