You wouldnt know it from the amount of ink spilled (and pixels burned), but the biggest IPO of 2004 so far is the $2.8 billion raised by financial services firm Genworth Financial in May.
In second place in 2004 to date is another financial services IPO. Assurant, which went public in February, also raised more than the $1.67 billion pulled in by Googles IPO. Tech firms garner more interest, but the real money is in financial services.
Read the entire New York Times article, which includes a historial perspective of Microsofts 1986 IPO, here.