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August 05, 2006

Microsoft R&D - So what?

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but last week, Paul Kedrosky pointed to this chart presented by Microsoft touting their R&D spend, seemingly as a way to say "we're more serious about this stuff than Google."

As Paul, and his commenters, point out, spending R&D money isn't the same as producing results. I wrote about this in February 2004, where I called into question the value of R&D in interaction design. Over two years later, and it still stands -- innovation is occurring in places with almost no official R&D spend (particularly in this Ajax epoch).

Posted by peterme at August 5, 2006 09:40 AM

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