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Microsoft CEO Sees Web Services as Top R&D Priority

Reuters News Wire (
Thu, 4 May 2006 14:23:08 -0500

Microsoft Corp. plans to double spending on research and development
at its MSN Internet unit as the company focuses on software services,
Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Thursday.

The world's largest software maker caught investors off guard last
week when it said it would sacrifice billions of dollars in profit
next year to invest in new business areas.

Investors complained about the lack of clarity in Microsoft's plans to
compete with online rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO -

Speaking at an event to promote its online advertising efforts,
Ballmer said investments in the coming fiscal year, starting July 1,
are a sign of Microsoft's commitment to be a leader on the Web.

"These are certainly early days in this Internet world. I believe only
two or three companies can really deliver the infrastructure that's
required to keep pace with both consumer demand and advertisers'
needs," said Ballmer.

Microsoft said it planned to spend $1.1 billion for research and
spending at MSN in the 2007 fiscal year, up from $500 million in
fiscal 2005.

The company also plans to increase capital expenditure to $500 million
in fiscal 2007, from $100 million in 2005.

"We will spend as a company overall about $6.2 billion in R&D,"
Ballmer said without specifying a time frame.

"We've told our R&D folks that our number one priority is software as
a service," said Ballmer.

Shares of Microsoft rose 34 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $23.52 in
afternoon Nasdaq trade. Prior to Thursday trade, the stock had fallen
15 percent since the company forecast next year's earnings below Wall
Street estimates on April 27.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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