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  • 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: LampsonFest: Celebrating a Computing Legend

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies It’s a mouthful. The citation for the A.M. Turing Award presented to Butler Lampson 22 years ago reads as follows: For contributions to the development of distributed, personal computing environments and the technology for their implementation: workstations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Redmond: 2012 in Review

    Posted by Eric Horvitz and Yi-Min Wang, managing co-directors of Microsoft Research Redmond As we look back on the year at Microsoft Research Redmond , a flood of creative efforts and achievements come to mind. These include mission-focused pursuits aimed at solving urgent challenges, the pursuit...
  • Blog Post: Sharing a Glimpse of the Future of Technology

    Posted by Rob Knies It’s not often that people get a chance to peek into the future, but that will be the case May 21 in Washington, D.C., when Microsoft Research hosts its biennial D.C. TechFair. During an afternoon open house held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in downtown...
  • Blog Post: Kati London of FUSE: Playful and Surprising

    Posted by Rob Knies Many people talk to their plants. But what if those plants were able to talk back? That’s the premise behind Botanicalls , a project to enable communications between plants and people. A sensor network provides the flora the ability to call and text people to request assistance...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research’s Gupta Named Founding Member of Global Learning Council

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Education can take many forms. We’re all familiar with the typical ones, those in which teachers teach so that students can learn. But sometimes, the educational process also can be all about learning how people learn. That particular form of education...
  • Blog Post: Science Fairgoers to See 3-D Humans Digitized in Real Time

    Posted by Rob Knies The changes wrought by technology in recent years is nothing short of astounding. First, music became digitized. Now, it’s video, in all its forms. That data can be stored, comfortably and effectively, in the cloud. And many of us walk around each day with little computers...
  • 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: Computing Research and Education: Microsoft Discusses Investments in the Future

    Posted by Elizabeth Grossman, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Many of the amazing capabilities of technology today are made possible by research done years ago, and innovations and impact sometimes result from unexpected combinations and outcomes at unexpected times. One example is Kinect for...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Gets a Fitting Finale

    Posted by Rob Knies “The sun never sets on Microsoft Research.” That’s Peter Lee , Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond , making his introductory remarks Sept. 27 during an event in Redmond commemorating Microsoft Research’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia Wows Asia Pacific Academics

    Posted by Rob Knies Eight sentences. That’s all it took for Rick Rashid , worldwide head of Microsoft Research, to electrify a crowd of 2,000 students and faculty members in Tianjin, China, on Oct. 25 during the 14th annual Computing in the 21st Century Conference . Why did those in attendance...
  • 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: Seattle, Scientific Innovation, and Microsoft Research

    Posted by Rob Knies Fifty years ago, the Century 21 Exposition—the Seattle World’s Fair—provided visitors with a vision of the future. With its gleaming Monorail and its towering Space Needle, the fair trumpeted the advances made possible by science and space travel, thereby extending...