For the first time (of many, I hope), Microsoft has surpassed GE as most respected company, according to the recent Financial Times CEO survey (SeaTimes article...paid subscription required to access the article on the Financial Times website), conducted by PwC . We were also #1 in "shareholder value" and "innovation", fourth in customer service and fifth for "best turnaround". Bill Gates received some individual honors as well ("most admired business leader", "most influential business writer or management guru").
Many of the usual suspects appeared on the surveys and Starbucks, our highly caffeinated little friend across the water made in in for the first time (congrats!).
PS: List of awards the Microsoft has received