Om Malik started off a discussion on what Microsoft does with its $7 billion R&D budget by writing: “Where are those brilliant ideas? Those brilliant products? Despite spending billions of dollars, I often find the company always reacting to market trends…Listen, I have no beef with imitation and other such ‘money making tricks.’ Imitation of hot-selling products is not such a bad idea, after all the only real scarce commodity on our planet is originality. The question is if you as a company are spending $7 billion on R&D, you must come-up with some original genre defining product.”
Make sure you also read the comments on the post on Om’s blog.