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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Microsoft Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $2,980 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was $11,936 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Microsoft Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 3094 (Jun. 2015 ) + 2962 (Sep. 2015 ) + 2900 (Dec. 2015 ) + 2980 (Mar. 2016 ) = $11,936 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Microsoft Corp Annual Data
|Research & Development||6,584||7,121||8,164||9,010||8,714||9,043||9,811||10,411||11,381||12,046|
Microsoft Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||2,748||2,743||3,123||3,065||2,903||2,984||3,094||2,962||2,900||2,980|