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From the beginning, Microsoft was a special company. I mean just look at the numbers right before it IPO’d.

In three short years, revenue grew by more than 5x and earnings by more than 8x. In 1985, the last year the company was private, Microsoft grew 40% and had 29% EBIT margins.

That start-up has blossomed, more like erupted, into a company with over …

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