SFExaminer.  Microsoft will spend $6.8 b a year on R&D in 2004 (they have routinely spent ~$5 b a year prior to this).  Perhaps I am missing something, but I haven't seen anything new in Windows over the last 4 years that justifies this research budget.  If a tenth of this budget was spent acquiring innovative ISVs (independent software vendors), we would have real improvement.  Perhaps Microsoft's approach to this is like IBM's:  to build a patent machine that they can use to pummel competitors.  -or-  Perhaps we will see these innovations in Longhorn.

Longhorn is a bit scary. We have been willing to change things,” Gates said…

[John Robb's Weblog]

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