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Microsoft Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

4.316B for March 31, 2019
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Microsoft Corp Historical Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Data

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March 31, 2019 4.316B
Dec. 31, 2018 4.07B
Sept. 30, 2018 3.977B
June 30, 2018 3.933B
March 31, 2018 3.715B
Dec. 31, 2017 3.504B
Sept. 30, 2017 3.574B
June 30, 2017 3.514B
March 31, 2017 3.355B
Dec. 31, 2016 3.062B
Sept. 30, 2016 3.106B
June 30, 2016 3.146B
March 31, 2016 2.98B
Dec. 31, 2015 2.90B
Sept. 30, 2015 2.962B
June 30, 2015 3.094B
March 31, 2015 2.984B
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

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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

Adobe Inc 464.64M
Activision Blizzard Inc 249.00M
Cadence Design Systems Inc 228.21M

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

Minimum 2.90B Dec 2015
Maximum 4.316B Mar 2019
Average 3.364B

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

  • Metric Code: r_and_d_expense
  • Data Point Example: =YCP("MSFT", "r_and_d_expense")
  • Data Series Example: =YCS("MSFT", "r_and_d_expense", -4)

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