Microsoft has come under increasing pressure from companies such as Google, says Turner

Microsoft plans to spend $9.5 billion on research and development this year. The figure is $3 billion more than the next closest technology company, said Kevin Turner, who gave a keynote speech at Cebit trade show. Much of Microsoft's investments center around "cloud" services, or online computing provided to users from hosted data centers. "Especially […]

Microsoft plans to spend $9.5 billion on research and development this year. The figure is $3 billion more than the next closest technology company, said Kevin Turner, who gave a keynote speech at Cebit trade show. Much of Microsoft's investments center around "cloud" services, or online computing provided to users from hosted data centers. "Especially in light of the tough difficult macroeconomic times that we're coming out of, we chose to really lean in and double down on our innovation," Turner said. "We're going to change and reinvent our company around leading in the cloud," Turner said. However, Turner said Microsoft will still have a significant on-premise software business. Microsoft has come under increasing pressure from companies such as Google that sell office productivity suites that’re entirely online rather than installed on PCs. Microsoft has argued that there’ll always be a need for client software, which can deliver more features. Turner defended the company's forthcoming Windows Phone 7 Series operating system. Microsoft faces heavy competition from vendors such as Apple, Nokia and other manufacturers using Google's Android operating system. Turner said the mobile OS is a complete overhaul from previous ones and is tightly integrated with other Microsoft products such as its X-box gaming and Zune music products. Windows Phone 7 Series is "not a 'me too' product," Turner said.