| Microsoft is a technology company that develops and supports software, services, devices, and solutions. Co. provides a range of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide software, services, platforms, content, solution support and consulting services. Co. also delivers relevant online advertising. Co.'s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; and video games. Co. also designs and sells devices, including personal computers, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, other intelligent devices, and related accessories. We show 57 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of MSFT's shares outstanding history.
Understanding the changing numbers of MSFT shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like MSFT versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching MSFT by allowing them to research MSFT shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.