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  • 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: 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: Bringing TouchDevelop to the Cloud

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies In this new, cloud-enabled era, users of various devices want—nay, expect —their apps and data to be available everywhere and all the time. The future is here, right, so why not? The devil, though, as always, is in the details. And details...
  • Blog Post: Research Contributions to Build 2013

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies The launch of Windows 8 late last year provided developers with new opportunities to construct paradigm-shifting apps that can stand out in a busy application ecosystem via their ability to capitalize on touchscreen technologies. Such an evolution doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Programming Contest Yields Surprising Results

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies What if they held a programming competition involving hundreds of teams—and everybody won? That might seem improbable, but when viewed through the prism of the contest’s value to its participants, that was precisely what happened during the...
  • Blog Post: Customized, Specialized Translation Now a Reality

    Posted by Rob Knies I can’t read Japanese. I know it when I see it, but what I see is merely a succession of word symbols, indecipherable to my untrained eye. No matter, though, because these days, the Microsoft Translator service enables quick translations from Japanese to English, as easy...
  • Blog Post: Taking Science from the Specific to the General

    Posted by Rob Knies You might have heard of Drew Purves before. As head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge , he has gained attention for a number of his projects, from modeling forest dynamics to FetchClimate , that use big data and build...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research: on the CUSP of Urban Livability

    Posted by Rob Knies Over the past year, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a New York City-based public-private research center created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in conjunction with New York University, has advanced from creation to gaining traction in its mission of using...
  • Blog Post: Young Interns Spend Summer Translating Songs

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies So, how was your summer? For three Microsoft Research interns, that question has them singing a happy tune. The three—Michelle Agcamaran, Priya Ganesan, and Kat Zhou—spent the summer at Microsoft Research Redmond , working with mentor Alex...