• 05/25/2004
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Blue Skies: Microsoft Is Spending A Bundle

Have you heard the news? Microsoft intends to spend 40 billion dollars on research and development. Wow!
Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly

("Blue Skies," by Irving Berlin)

Wow, did you hear the latest greatest news from the Microsoft Public Relations machine?

Well, if you're a steady reader of ServerPipeline, you saw the headline: Microsoft intends to spend 40 Billion (that's with a "B") dollars on research and development.

I'm not sweating the small stuff, but I was glad to read on that even Bill can't shake loose that much cash in one year. The spending is to be done during the next six years.

Where is the bulk of the research to be done you ask? On seamless computing. "The work we're doing at Microsoft is building software delivering on a dream of seamless computing where your information is there when you want it and all systems are connected together with no manual effort." Or so our friend Bill (no, not that Bill) thinks.

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