What will users have to show for R&D expenditures that may crack $9 billion this fiscal year? What will shareholders have to show for this $9 billion. I know, they say "10% sales growth." But what would sales growth be if R&D were cut back to, say, $1 billion?
Well, several questions I guess. Tim especially wants to know what the Selling, General and Administrative Expenses is comprised of.
These questions should be easy for our leadership to answer... should anyone ever ask them and then not settle for a vague handwaving answers about innovation. Sorry, but I think all the analysts and interviewers have finally gathered up their skirts to avoid anymore sunshine from being blown up them. But yet we still blow sunshine when we should be shipping product (thumbs up to MSN as of late).
Brad, Tim: I work here and even I have scratched deep ravines into my scalp trying to usher forth a good explanation about where all that money has gone (though right now I have a mental image of Franklins swirling around a big drain). The recent on-campus Microsoft Research TechFest was a nice diversion and all (ooo, free laser pointer!), but it sure didn't feel like a billion dollar experience, let alone billions-and-billions (I have a feeling that an experience like that would still be with me).