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Microsoft Research Asia helps scientists turn big data into big discoveries
Beijing-based Microsoft Research Asia has collaborated closely with domestic and international researchers on a wide range of topics to help researchers apply Microsoft Azure , the company’s cloud-computing platform, to data-intensive scientific research. The Microsoft Research Connections Blog...
14 Apr 2014
Microsoft launches joint research centers in Spain and Russia
Kick-off workshop for the newly launched Microsoft Research and Lomonosov MSU Joint Research Center in Moscow. Microsoft invests in creating joint research centers around the world. These collaborative engagements involve multi-year research programs across a broad range of projects that...
9 Apr 2014
Researcher danah boyd on the weird science of teen online behavior
Editor’s note: The following is a post from Emily Alhadeff , a writer for microsoft.com/stories . Remember “ Weird Science ,” the 1985 John Hughes comedy about two teen dweebs who use their computer, some wires and a Barbie doll to engineer their dream woman? After sparks and...
14 Apr 2014
Microsoft highlights from Advertising Week Europe
If you weren’t able to attend Advertising Week Europe, the Microsoft Advertising Blog gives you eight highlights from the March 31-April 4 event. One highlight was from Kathleen Hall, general manager of Global Campaigns and Brand Marketing at Microsoft and voted one of the Guardian’s 10...
9 Apr 2014
12 projects win 2014 Microsoft Research Awards for the Software Engineering Innovations Foundation
The Software Engineering Innovations Foundation (SEIF) has sponsored research into core software engineering challenges, and also funded investigations into software engineering’s applications in mobile and cloud computing and natural user interface(NUI). Some 70 reviewers from across Microsoft...
8 Apr 2014
Smart elevator, robot and virtual admin will help guide you at Microsoft Research
At a first-floor bank of elevators at Microsoft Research, a “smart elevator” opens its doors, sensing that you need a ride. When you reach the third floor, a humanoid robot is ready to guide you where you need to go. And if it happens to be Eric Horvitz’s office his virtual admin named...
8 Apr 2014
Microsoft Research technology helps bring world’s fastest texting to Windows Phone 8.1
Seattle high school student and texting record holder Gaurav Sharma, at far left, and texting on Windows Phone, far right, with what became the winning entry. Earlier this year, 15-year-old Gaurav Sharma achieved a Guinness World Record® for fastest text message using a touchscreen mobile...
4 Apr 2014
Computing history buffs: MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code available for the first time
To help future generations better understand the roots of personal computing, Microsoft is making source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to the public for the first time. The Computer History Museum will make available two of the most widely used software programs...
25 Mar 2014
Microsoft kicks off Big Dream Movement
Just two days after International Women’s Day , the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked off at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and included discussions about Microsoft’s Big Dream Movement — a new effort to attract more girls in science and technology...
24 Mar 2014
First US Music Tech Fest finds musicians and computer scientists in harmony
At the first U.S.-based Music Tech Fest , people who share interests in music and technology are getting together at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, Mass. From Friday to March 23, attendees will get an earful of demos, performances, presentations and new collaborations...
21 Mar 2014
Microsoft Research launches Climate Data award program
Microsoft Research has launched a Climate Data award program , which includes 12 months of free Windows Azure cloud computing resources. The grants will go to 40 recipients selected from proposals submitted by June 15. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud-computing time and 20 terabytes of...
20 Mar 2014
Get to know Microsoft’s Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence
The following is a post by Thomas Kohnstamm, a writer for microsoft.com/stories . It only takes a few seconds in the presence of James Mickens to understand why he’s known as “The Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence” rather than his official title of “Researcher.”...
24 Mar 2014
Microsoft Research’s Hekaton helps deliver fast performance for SQL Server 2014
SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturing Tuesday, and one of its biggest selling points is its fast performance – in-memory solutions that have origins in Microsoft Research’s Hekaton. Hekaton is a collaboration between the product team and Microsoft Research. It delivers in-memory online...
19 Mar 2014
Microsoft Research’s David Rothschild makes March Madness predictions
After predicting an impressive 21 out of 24 winners in the recent the 86th annual Academy Awards, David Rothschild, an economist from Microsoft Research New York City , is now taking on March Madness – the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s a first for the data-driven prognosticator...
18 Mar 2014
Microsoft’s Leslie Lamport wins the Turing Award, the ‘Nobel Prize in Computing’
Leslie Lamport, a principal researcher with Microsoft Research, has been awarded the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery A.M. Turing Award, for “imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems, in which several autonomous computers...
18 Mar 2014
Let’s HereHere it for this New York City neighborhood data project from Microsoft Research
HereHere – a project that focuses on driving hyperlocal, real-world engagement to encourage civic discourse – makes its debut Monday in the Big Apple. The project comes from Microsoft Research’s Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE Labs). Kati London is a senior researcher and the...
10 Mar 2014
ZooTracer: Tracking animals and other objects made easy through video
A collaboration between the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences (CEES) group at Microsoft Research Cambridge introduced ZooTracer at the end of February as a downloadable, easy to use desktop tool that could dramatically expand the amount and kind of data gathered from the natural world...
5 Mar 2014
Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School now accepting applications
The Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School is now accepting applications, and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and students from smaller colleges to apply. The school takes place over eight weeks, from June 16 to Aug. 8, at Microsoft Research’s New York City...
28 Feb 2014
ChronoZoom and zombies head to SXSWedu
The beta version of ChronoZoom released about a year ago, quickly earning the team behind it the SXSW Interactive Award for Best Educational Resource . At this year’s SXSWedu event, curriculum designer David Hunter will present his Zombie-Based Learning Curriculum, as well as the ChronoZoomers...
27 Feb 2014
Microsoft researcher Bill Buxton and Perceptive Pixel founder Jeff Han discuss the death and resurrection of 3D
Microsoft Research’s Bill Buxton, whose pioneering work in human-computer interaction helped build the foundation of ubiquitous computing, and Jeff Han, Microsoft general manager and Perceptive Pixel founder, discuss the repeated death and resurrection of 3D and how it can become more interactive...
26 Feb 2014
Microsoft researcher busts myths in new book, ‘It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens’
In the book, “ It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens ,” released Feb. 25, Microsoft researcher and ethnographer danah boyd explores major myths about teens' use of social media. She finds they engage with each other and develop a sense of identity – despite...
25 Feb 2014
Who will win the Oscars? Microsoft Research economist David Rothschild gives us a peek
Lots of us have our own predictions about the Oscars. But when David Rothschild shares his, we pay attention. Rothschild, an economist from Microsoft Research New York City, uses data from prediction markets to make his forecasts, and last year he correctly forecast winners in 19 of the 24 Academy Award...
20 Feb 2014
Computing royalty – including Bill Gates – pays tribute to Microsoft researcher Butler Lampson
Butler Lampson with his wife, Lois, at LampsonFest held at the New England Research & Development (NERD) in Cambridge, Mass. In Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, hundreds of elite researchers gathered at Microsoft Research New England for a heartwarming tribute to one of the greats in computing...
14 Feb 2014
Flying robots and energy-efficient memory systems are in next wave of Microsoft Research collaboration
Attendees of the kickoff workshop for the Swiss JRC A two-day workshop at Microsoft Research Cambridge that began Wednesday launched seven new projects that represent the next wave of research collaborations for the Swiss Joint Research Center (Swiss JRC), including work in energy-efficient memory...
6 Feb 2014
Microsoft researcher and Perceptive Pixel’s founder discuss design and 3D printing
Like two old friends swapping stories, Microsoft Research’s Bill Buxton and Jeff Han, Microsoft general manager and Perceptive Pixel founder, talk about 3D printing, design and human ingenuity in problem-solving during Wednesday's episode of Channel 9’s ongoing series, “Microsoft...
5 Feb 2014
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