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If you carefully examine MicroSoft you'll find all of their breakthrough products were bought or developed outside of the company.

Msdos?  The product that made the company what it is today?  Bought from Seattle Computer Products.

Excel?  Bought.

Windows?  Developed at PARC (1970-1975,) developers hired by Apple for the Lisa (started in 1978,) and MicroSoft copied it and jumped in with Windows 3.0 ... in 1990.  

There are some first class people doing first class work but management insistence on a 3 month pay-back time horizon shoots the ability to sit and think and fail.  Which is the sina qua non of research.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 13th, 2010 at 10:11:21 PM EST
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