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  • Blog Post: Making Cortana the Researcher’s Dream Assistant

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Cortana , the personal assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 , certainly has received plenty of attention since being announced in April. Her ability to make your day-to-day life easier by managing your information and keeping you up to date has made her one of...
  • Blog Post: Catapult: Moving Beyond CPUs in the Cloud

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Operating a datacenter at web scale requires managing many conflicting requirements. The ability to deliver computation at a high level and speed is a given, but because of the demands such a facility must meet, a datacenter also needs flexibility. Additionally...
  • Blog Post: Dumais Receives Athena Lecturer Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Among the many earthly domains attributed to the Greek goddess Athena are those of mathematics, inspiration, strength, skill, and wisdom—traits that, combined, begin to describe the career of Susan Dumais , named April 8 as the ninth recipient of...
  • Blog Post: Bing Code Search Makes Developers More Productive

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Some people, it seems, are simply born to be computer-science researchers. Take Youssef Hamadi , for example. Earlier this week, he was asked a question about challenges he had encountered during a research project. His response began by sharing this revealing...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Technology Labs Israel: Year in Review

    Posted by Adi Diamant, director of Advanced Technology Labs Israel The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Adi Diamant of Advanced Technology Labs Israel . Advanced Technology Labs Israel (ATL Israel), our newest addition...
  • Blog Post: A Hybrid Approach to Direct Search Answers

    Posted by Rob Knies You might have noticed in your most recent Bing search that, these days, you often can get an answer to your query without having to click through to one of the search results. For example, I recently wondered about this year’s date for Mother’s Day in the United...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Translations to Tweets

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies There’s some cool news over at the Microsoft Translator/Bing Translator team blog: The announcement of new translation features, powered by Microsoft Translator , that now appear in the Twitter app for Windows Phone . The new functionality, announced...
  • Blog Post: Zeta: Scheduling Interactive Services with Partial Execution

    Posted by Yuxiong He, Sameh Elnikety, and James Larus, Microsoft Research; and Chenyu Yan, Microsoft Sharing a resource, such as a computer processor or disk drive, requires the system to make decisions about which user’s task gets to use the resource and for how long. When my task is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Silicon Valley: End-of-Year Reflections

    Posted by Roy Levin, managing director of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Roy Levin of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley . Microsoft Research (MSR) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary...
  • Blog Post: SIGIR Paper Aims to Understand Use of the Web for Diagnosis

    Posted by Rob Knies A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicates that 80 percent of adults in the United States have searched for medical information online. Such a figure underscores the fundamental importance that humans place on their health and wellbeing—and their reliance on the...
  • Blog Post: Research Bolsters Windows Phone Translation

    Posted by Rob Knies Eager for foreign travel but worried about foreign languages? Fear no more, thanks to the Translator App for Windows Phone , updated April 16 and featuring several contributions from Microsoft Research. The app, powered by the same state-of-the-art technology used in Bing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia: Year in Review

    Posted by Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia As 2012 approaches, the directors of Microsoft Research facilities worldwide were offered an opportunity to discuss their labs’ 2011 accomplishments. This contribution, by Hsiao-Wuen Hon of Microsoft Research Asia , is...
  • Blog Post: Researcher Varghese Captures IEEE Kobayashi Award

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies To hear George Varghese tell it, his research career got off to a rather inauspicious debut. “I wasn’t exactly a shining star when I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,” he says. “I was hardly the one who would...
  • Blog Post: Rashid to Talk Technology at Computer History Museum

    Posted by Rob Knies On Oct. 16 in Mountain View, Calif., the Computer History Museum will host a conversation between Rick Rashid , Microsoft chief research officer and worldwide head of Microsoft Research, and John Markoff of The New York Times " href="http://www.nytimes.com/" target="_blank"...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Redmond: Year in Review

    Posted by Peter Lee, managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond The last in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Peter Lee of Microsoft Research Redmond . Given that this was my first full calendar year at the Redmond lab of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia In China, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, a particularly auspicious year in Chinese culture. I am very glad to see that this also has been a good year both for Microsoft and for Microsoft Research Asia . Thanks to the efforts...
  • Blog Post: ATL Cairo: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Hussein Salama, director of Advanced Technology Labs Cairo In 2012, we reaped the fruits of our long-term investments and bets that we made close to four years ago. In the midst of the Egyptian-revolution aftershocks, our lab managed to keep its focus and to end the year with many wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Translations Made Easy on Windows

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Let’s say you’re traveling abroad this summer, planning a trip to Germany perhaps. You’ve got a lot on your itinerary: visits to Munich and Berlin, a cruise down the Rhine, a few tastings of Mosel grapes. It’s all extremely exciting...
  • Blog Post: Filtering Web Images Effectively

    Posted by Rob Knies You’re looking for a photo of a flower. Not just any photo—it needs to be horizontal in shape. And not just any flower—it needs to be a purple flower. What do you do? You could perform a conventional image search on the web. There are lots of flowers out there—lots...