Microsoft will invest USD 10.1 billion this year in R&D across five technology megatrends. In 2012, the company spent over USD 9.5 billion in R&D, which it claims was more than what its nearest competitor spent. While most industry experts acknowledge cloud, social, mobility and Big Data to be the four mega trends in IT today, Kevin Turner, the company’s Chief Operating Officer said Microsoft has a fifth and an additional opportunity of “touch” that intersects all the other four technologies.
“We are moving our entire ecosystem to touch. This won’t happen overnight but it already has strong momentum. Around 1.5 billion people in the world use Windows today and Windows 8 brings touch to the masses. Not only that, Windows 8 brings touch to all form factors with the Surface tablet, laptops, and PCs. Microsoft has more than doubled the number of Windows 8 devices since its launch in October 2012,” said Turner.
Microsoft is also transforming itself from a software company to a devices and services company with the primary focus of delivering devices and services that people love and businesses need, Turner said at a Microsoft Executive Forum in Bangalore on Tuesday. He said Microsoft has the advantage of being present across all three types of businesses – consumers, businesses and advertisers.
Turner talked about Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud strategy and some of its key offerings on the cloud such as Office 365, Yammer, and Skype. Microsoft statistics revealed that with 300 million users, Skype drives one third of worldwide phone traffic. Since its launch in mid-2011, Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest growing business globally. “The new Office revolutionizes productivity for people and businesses and is a significant innovation across the four core areas of cloud, social, devices and IT control,” Turner said.
Turner also reinstated Microsoft’s commitment to security. According to a Secunia Vulnerability Report 2013, non-Microsoft vulnerabilities constituted 86 percent of the total number in 2012. The Common Vulnerability Exposures (CVE) count in Microsoft programs was 8.3 percent lower in 2012 than in 2011, indicating less vulnerability in Microsoft programs.