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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Microsoft Corporation's research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $2,748 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $10,938 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Microsoft Corporation Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 2640 (Mar. 2013 ) + 2783 (Jun. 2013 ) + 2767 (Sep. 2013 ) + 2748 (Dec. 2013 ) = $10,938 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 Corporation Annual Data
|Research & Development||7,779||6,097||6,584||7,121||8,164||9,010||8,714||9,043||9,811||10,411|
Microsoft Corporation Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||2,329||2,371||2,517||2,594||2,460||2,528||2,640||2,783||2,767||2,748|