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Microsoft chooses R&D over buyouts

Microsoft chooses R&D over buyouts

MICROSOFT plans to spend its way out of the recession by developing new products and services but has ruled out buying a Linux company or increasing its stake in Facebook, a senior executive said.

Microsoft global chief operating officer Kevin Turner said he was not surprised by Oracle’s $US7.4 billion ($10.38 billion) acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Investing more money and resources in research and development was one way to help the company overcome Google’s dominance in the consumer space, and to counter Oracle’s innovation-through-acquisition approach, Mr Turner said. Microsoft has earmarked $US9.1billion for R&D this year, an increase of $US1 billion on last year.


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