Enterprise 2.0 gets a fillip: Microsoft-Yammer, Oracle-Vitrue, Salesforce-Buddy Media


So Microsoft has spent USD 1.2 billion to buy Yammer. Few days back Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for USD 0.689 billion and about a month back Oracle acquired Vitrue for about USD 0.3 billion. That makes the Microsoft acquisition of Yammer the 3rd social media startup acquisition in last one month and a total spending … Continue reading

Microsoft spends more on R&D than Google


[Update September, 2012 – R&D spend data from Dan Lyons’s post (figures are R&D spend as a % of revenue Google – 14%, Microsoft – 14%, Samsung – 6%, Apple – 2%] This is true not only in absolute dollar term but also true as a percentage of revenue. In fact, Microsoft spends more on R&D … Continue reading

ABC of Patenting – why, what and how


“No more than 1 in every 100 patent earns enough to pay back development cost and patent fees. About 1 in 500 makes any money above its out-of-pocket costs.” – Peter F. Drucker in Innovation and Entrepreneurship If this is true then why do so many people file patent application? There are about 200,000 patents … Continue reading

Is HTML5 a game changer


To answer this question we first need to look at what way it is different from HTML4. Here are the salient features of HTML5 arranged in the order of importance (my opinion). Offline working: Like Google Gears it allows mechanism for ensuring Web applications are available even when the user is not connected to their … Continue reading