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Ex-Softie Spits in Redmond's Eye

When I heard an ex-Microsoft employee was busting Redmond's chops, I chalked it up to bitterness. Then I learned the critic, Don Dodge, now works for Google, and realized Dodge's primary motivation is probably arrogance.

Dodge wrote a blog arguing that Microsoft is no longer a growth company (guess he hasn't tracked its latest quarterlies) and should stop spending money on R&D. I'm sure Google would love Redmond to stop inventing new technology, but does Dodge know where a lot of this money actually goes? I do. Microsoft researchers work with top scientists and academics around the world on issues such as population growth, starvation, global warming and disease.

I'm not a Microsoft fanboy, but when the company does things right, it deserves praise.

Is Microsoft a better corporate citizen, or am I just sipping the Kool Aid? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on August 04, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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