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Microsoft Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

2.903B for Dec. 31, 2014

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Dec. 31, 2014 2.903B
Sept. 30, 2014 3.065B
June 30, 2014 3.123B
March 31, 2014 2.743B
Dec. 31, 2013 2.748B
Sept. 30, 2013 2.767B
June 30, 2013 2.783B
March 31, 2013 2.64B
Dec. 31, 2012 2.528B
Sept. 30, 2012 2.46B
June 30, 2012 2.594B
March 31, 2012 2.517B
Dec. 31, 2011 2.371B
Sept. 30, 2011 2.329B
June 30, 2011 2.393B
March 31, 2011 2.269B
Dec. 31, 2010 2.185B
Sept. 30, 2010 2.196B
June 30, 2010 2.35B
March 31, 2010 2.22B
Dec. 31, 2009 2.079B
Sept. 30, 2009 2.065B
June 30, 2009 2.225B
March 31, 2009 2.212B
Dec. 31, 2008 2.29B
Sept. 30, 2008 2.283B
June 30, 2008 2.407B
March 31, 2008 2.035B
Dec. 31, 2007 1.885B
Sept. 30, 2007 1.837B
June 30, 2007 1.948B
March 31, 2007 1.75B
Dec. 31, 2006 1.637B
Sept. 30, 2006 1.786B
June 30, 2006 1.861B
March 31, 2006 1.617B
Dec. 31, 2005 1.591B
Sept. 30, 2005 1.515B
June 30, 2005 1.664B
March 31, 2005 1.482B
Dec. 31, 2004 1.437B
Sept. 30, 2004 1.53B
June 30, 2004 1.659B
March 31, 2004 1.538B
Dec. 31, 2003 2.971B
Sept. 30, 2003 1.611B
June 30, 2003 1.681B
March 31, 2003 1.692B
Dec. 31, 2002 1.515B
Sept. 30, 2002 1.707B

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About R&D Expense

R&D expenses are a line item from many companies' income statements.

R&D expense (short for research and development expense) is essentially the amount of money that a company spends to develop new products and services each year. For example, if a pharmaceutical firm hires research scientists to develop new drugs, the salaries of these researchers will generally be expensed in the R&D expense category.

Like marketing expenses, but unlike capital expenditures, R&D expenses are subtracted from revenues every year directly. Therefore, accountants treat R&D spending as an expense rather than as an investment, though there is continuous debate over whether this is the correct classification.

An investor looking at companies with large R&D expenditures should think hard about whether a single company's R&D spending is an expense (like buying rubber to produce tires) or whether it is an investment (like buying machinery to produce tires more efficiently). Determining the answer to that question can have a large impact on how the company is valued.
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MSFT Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Oracle 1.37B
Apple 1.895B
Qualcomm 1.352B

MSFT Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 2.185B Dec 2010
Maximum 3.123B Jun 2014
Average 2.559B

MSFT Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Excel Add-In Codes

  • Metric Code: r_and_d_expense
  • Latest data point: =YCP("MSFT", "r_and_d_expense")
  • Last 5 data points: =YCS("MSFT", "r_and_d_expense", -4)

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