The Computer Industry by the Numbers Graphs


The computer industry has evolved so much in the last 20 to 25 years. The main reason is because of the consistent improvement in technology as well as the focus on research and development by large-scale companies. Microsoft, Apple, IBM Watson, and others are considered to be the pioneers as well as forefront runners of the computer industry. Most of the businesses today are involving the use of computer systems one way or the other. Let’s take a look at the computer industry in the form of numbers below.

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IBM from 1999 to 2020

Growth of IBM from 1999 to 2020

IBM (International Business Machines) is one of the biggest tech giants of the world which was founded in 1911. They have the credit of notable inventions which include automated teller machines, floppy disks, hard disks, SQL Programming, and Dynamic Random Access Memory. In 1999, the revenue of IBM was $87.55 billion which reached the maximum in 2011 at $106.42 billion. Over the years, revenue has reduced because the company has not made any significant contribution towards the tech industry which is why the 2020 revenue was $73.62 billion.

Microsoft Revenue from 1990 to 2021

Growth of Microsoft from 1990 to 2021

Microsoft is owned by Bill Gates and is one of the biggest companies in the computer industry. The most notable invention of Microsoft includes Windows which is an operating system designed for computers. Several versions have been launched and were successful. In 1990, the revenue of Microsoft was just $1.183 million. Over the upcoming years, due to increased demand for operating systems, the revenue has reached $168.08 million in 2021. 

Percentage of US Adults that have Desktops or Laptops from 2008 and 2019.

Number of US Adults that have Desktops or Laptops from 2008 to 2019 (3)

The increased revenue of Microsoft has been evident because of the increased number of computer systems such as desktops and laptops among US adults. In 2008, 74% of the US adults owned either a laptop computer or a desktop computer. The number has fluctuated minorly with few ups and downs but on average, it has stayed the same. In 2019, the percentage of US adults owning a computer system was 74%. 

Worldwide Computer Penetration Rate Among Households from 2005 and 2019.

Worldwide Computer Penetration Rate Among Households from 2005 - 2019

Computer systems have become an integral part of households as well as businesses. This is because young children, students, and even job workers require computers to work. Students can access study material while job workers require access to their portals. In 2005, computers had a 27.3% share of households. As of 2019, this amount has reached almost double and is at 47.1% of the households.


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