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IBM vs. MicrosoftThe goal of our project is to gain an elite financial understanding of two front runners in thetechnology industry: IBM and Microsoft. Both of these companies are worldwide computersoftware and hardware distributors based in the United States. Although they are similarcompanies, we will discover which of the two is a better financial investment and what sets themabove the rest of the technology industry.The International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, was founded in June of 1911 byCharles Ranlett Flint as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR). Theymanufactured and sold varied machinery. By 1924, they had broadened their field and researchand changed their name to International Business Machines Corporation. They managed toflourish and grow despite the Great Depression and World War II. In 1952, they introduced theIBM 701, the first large computer based on the vacuum tube. IBM branched from businesses to

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