For most of 2018, there was a two-way battle between Apple and Amazon to see which of the two would be the first U.S. publicly traded company to be worth one trillion dollars. Though Apple was in the lead, becoming the most valuable exchange-traded company in the world, some analysts extrapolated Amazon’s 300% move from its 2016 bottom and figured that the creator of the smart speaker category would hit the tape first.
So which tech company will end 2018 as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world? It is Microsoft. The software giant’s shares are valued at $779 billion with an hour left in 2018 trading. This year the company launched its Surface Go tablet, and the Surface Pro 6 tablet (see image at the top of this article). And while its participation in the smartphone industry is muted at the moment, Microsoft came out of nowhere to top Apple and Amazon.

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