Random Googler Writes

Reader Random Googler writes: So, I work at Google, and …to imagine that we're not doing research constantly seems bizarre to me. The question of "yes, but how much basic research" you're doing also seems weird to me. When running your company involves solving fundamental problems in computer science…

Reader Random Googler writes: So, I work at Google, and …to imagine that we’re not doing research constantly seems bizarre to me. The question of “yes, but how much basic research” you’re doing also seems weird to me. When running your company involves solving fundamental problems in computer science and mathematics, that’s what you do as your bread and butter….If Microsoft is really going to throw up charts and graphs, it’d be interesting to see their cumulative spending on R&D in their sixth year of existence as compared to Google’s…it appears … that Microsoft has spent nearly 40 billion dollars on R&D (cumulative) to produce a business that has about 40 billion a year in revenue.

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