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mostadmiredFortune released its annual list of “most-admired companies” today, and Apple remained at the helm as Microsoft dropped out of the top 20.

While Apple stayed ahead of the pack, rival Microsoft dropped seven spots from 2013’s rankings to 24th.

Six Washington-based companies made the list, including: Amazon (2nd), Starbucks (5th), Costco (12th), Nordstrom (17th), Microsoft (24th) and Boeing (26th). Portland-based Nike (13th) and Intel (47th) also made the list.

Fortune surveyed 692 companies from 30 countries and asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies on nine criteria:  innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness.

You can see the top 10 lists for each category here. Microsoft did not make the top 10 for any of the nine categories.

Fortune offered brief descriptions for each of the top 25 companies. It credited Amazon for its convenience and customer focus, and noted how Microsoft spent much of 2013 searching for a new CEO.

Check out Fortune’s full list here.

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