Catching up to Apple and Google: Microsoft’s market value tops $500B again after 17 years

Microsoft Corp’s market capitalization topped US$500 billion for the first time since 2000 on Friday, after the technology giant’s stock rose following another quarter of results that beat Wall Street’s expectations. Shares of the world’s biggest software company rose as much as 2.1 percent to US$65.64, an all-time high, in early trading, valuing the company…

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