Microsoft's job cuts have been all over the news, but they also plan to add 3,000 jobs in R&D this year. They are increasing the R&D budget from $8 BIL to $9 BIL -- with most of that increase going to SOA. Microsoft knows they are lagging behind IBM, Oracle, and Amazon -- and are going to throw people and money at SOA in order to close the gap.  Will it work?  Only if they hire the right people.