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They've paid dividends pretty consistently over that time so if the price is the same (or close) hasn't it effectively appreciated?

This article puts the cash value of the 2004 special dividend at 32 billion. (And that's not to include the quarterly dividends that they haven't missed a beat on.) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/21/business/technology-micros...

The dollar has inflated 40% since 1999, so the value of a MSFT share has decreased quite a bit.

Is that still the case when dividends are taken into account?

If I've held a share since 1999, in place of it I don't just have a share today: I have whatever I've done with the dividend payments that came in the interim.

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