Posted by Rob Knies
Earlier today, during Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair, we learned about visualization of big-data collections using Holograph. Another aspect of the big-data movement, though, is enabling data analysts to develop an application and then deploy it seamlessly to the cloud.
Such processing was the focus of the TechFair project called Naiad on Azure: Rich, Interactive Cloud Analytics, the subject of plenty of interest on the show floor. Derek Murray, a researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, host of the event, found a few moments to pull himself away to discuss the latest extension of the Naiad effort.
“Titanfall” for Xbox One was named the top-selling game in March, according to NPD Group figures released Thursday.
In a blog post Thursday, Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business, wrote that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been shipped to retailers since the console’s launch on Nov. 22, 2013, with fans spending an average of five hours a day on Xbox One.
You’ve probably heard a bit about big data in recent months. Chatter abounds about the enticing possibilities such prodigious data collections offer. But what, really, is in store for owners and users of big data sets?
Curtis Wong knows.
He should. Wong was the Microsoft Research scientist who gave the world the WorldWide Telescope, used by legions of astronomy fans fascinated by the informative, fun experience offered by a virtual telescope that delivers seamless, guided explorations of the universe.
On April 17, during Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair, he is demonstrating a project called Holograph, an interactive, 3-D data-visualization research platform that can render static and dynamic data above or below the plane of a display, using a variety of 3-D stereographic techniques.
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Thursday, the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab hosts the Silicon Valley TechFair, an open-door event for customers, academia, and partners to learn more about the inner workings of Microsoft Research.
The Silicon Valley community can check out 18 research projects which will be on display that showcase the future trends and technology areas that Microsoft scientists and engineers are exploring across the company’s global labs – such as environmental sustainability, tools for big data and engaging with machines in more intuitive ways. The TechFair provides the opportunity for attendees to explore and discuss the work directly with the scientists. The Microsoft researchers who worked on the research underpinnings of Cortana will also be there to showcase their role and work on Microsoft’s new personal assistant.
Most of us can only dream of having the perfect personal assistant, one who is always there when needed, anticipating every request and unobtrusively organizing our lives. Cortana, the new digital personal assistant that comes with Windows Phone 8.1, brings users closer to that dream.
For Larry Heck, a distinguished engineer in Microsoft Research, Cortana will continue to evolve in an even more natural way. Already, Cortana goes beyond performing voice-activated commands. It continually learns about its user and becomes more personalized, with the goal of proactively carrying out the right tasks at the right time. If its user asks about outside temperatures every afternoon before leaving the office, Cortana will learn to offer that information without being asked.
Use Windows PowerShell in Windows 8.1 to list locally attached printers.
You could win an Xbox One and Surface Pro 2 in the Great Skype Easter Egg Hunt, now underway and continuing through April 21.
The Easter Bunny has visited Skype’s social profiles and hidden five “eggmoticons,” eggs with cute faces. They’re scattered around Skype’s Facebook, @Skype Twitter, @SkypeMoments Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages. For a chance to win prizes, you need to find all five eggmoticons on those social channels. Then, sign into Skype, select “Add a contact,” and search for the Skype ID “Skype Easter Basket.” Then, using the emoticon library, IM the matching emoticons to “Skype Easter Basket.”
If you’re interested in finding out how Microsoft can strengthen your internal compliance and identity systems, sign up for the May 7 webinar, “NERC CIP Version 5: Compliance Support with Microsoft,” at 10 a.m. PST.
Join the Oxford Computer Group, Microsoft’s Larry Cochrane, EnergySec and other utility security experts in this panel discussion. While the focus is North America – the jurisdiction of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) –NERC’s actions have global ramifications and are watched closely by utilities, regulators and governments worldwide.
In a guest post on the Office Blogs, Anthony Kurban, chief information officer of averda, the largest environmental solutions provider in the Middle East and North Africa, writes that before moving to Office 365 and Yammer, the company’s servers were stored on site in one country. It was something that didn’t suit a growing company that has plans to be in 50 cities within 10 years, he says.
Averda works with businesses and governments of all sizes to collect, recycle, compost and dispose of waste. Not only has Office 365 made it possible for averda’s employees to be more productive no matter where they are working, Yammer has proven invaluable as well, he writes.