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Computing royalty pays tribute to Butler Lampson
The following post is from Rob Knies, senior writer, Inside Microsoft Research. Butler Lampson with his wife, Lois, at LampsonFest held at the New England Research & Development (NERD) in Cambridge, Mass. Late in the afternoon on Feb. 13, the lead headline on boston...
14 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 31st Edition—Get ready for Sunday’s big game with apps, videos and Bing searches
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on apps and other ways to get ready for Sunday’s big game, Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom (an interactive city panorama created by a Microsoft Research team) and an artist who’s found that the Surface 2 hits the sweet spot for work, school...
31 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 24th Edition – Kinect for Windows is helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s datacenter project will use fuel cells and Zippo chooses Microsoft Dynamics AX
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Kinect for Windows helping stroke victims, Microsoft’s Data Center plant project in Wyoming looking to bring a power plant inside the datacenter, and historic company Zippo Manufacturing Co. planning for the future using Microsoft...
24 Jan 2014
Smart contact lenses emerge from basic research
The following post is from Desney Tan, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Tan manages the Computational User Experiences group in Redmond, Wash. He also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington . Yesterday...
17 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 10th Edition – New Windows devices unveiled at CES 2014 and Xbox One sales hit 3M consoles sold
Gavin Gear, of the Extreme Windows Blog, with Panasonic’s 20-inch Toughpad 4k tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at some of the exciting new PCs and tablets unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Xbox One...
10 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Dec. 20th Edition–‘Biggest holiday season yet’ for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the momentum building behind Windows Store and Windows Phone Store app downloads, how Bing broke out of the (search) box in 2013 and a Microsoft researcher who uses data to power his predictions. Buoyed by new gift cards and other promotions...
20 Dec 2013
Here are David Rothschild’s data-powered predictions for 2014, from the Super Bowl to Hillary Clinton
Microsoft researcher David Rothschild is legendary for his ability to literally predict the future using a unique and rigorous approach to data analysis. He correctly called the results of the 2012 presidential election in every state but one. He nailed 19 of the 24 Oscar categories this past year. And...
17 Dec 2013
Students everywhere count down the hours to ‘Hour of Code’
It’s just one hour. But it’s an hour that could change young lives forever, and help guide them to a better future. That’s why Microsoft is challenging as many young people as possible to participate in the “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15...
6 Dec 2013
Weekend Reading: June 21 Edition— Cannes Lions, digital ads and Windows 8, oh my
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll take you to sunny France for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, introduce a new Web series, highlight some breakthrough work from Microsoft Research and more. Microsoft Advertising ushers in innovative approaches at Cannes Lions International...
21 Jun 2013
Project Codename GeoFlow Unveiled
The Office team has unveiled something really special today – a Microsoft Research project codenamed GeoFlow that lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create interactive "tours" to share with others. According to The Excel Blog, GeoFlow evolved...
11 Apr 2013
Female Computer Scientist Students Hack to Combat Human Trafficking
The following is a post by Rane Johnson-Stempson , Education and Scholarly Communication Principal Research Director, Microsoft Research Connections. According to the Department of Justice, 40 percent of all human trafficking incidents opened for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010...
21 Feb 2013
The Midweek Download: Jan. 30th Edition – How to Build Stellar Windows Phone Apps
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on building high-performance Windows Phone apps, winning apps from the Mobile Code Jam Challenge at CCNC 2013, plus new support to help get your Windows Store apps certified. Building high-performance Windows Phone apps. Mobile phone...
30 Jan 2013
The Midweek Download: Dec. 12th Edition – Microsoft Surface Production and Retail Distribution Increased
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Microsoft Surface, Kinect inventor Alex Kipman winning the Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation and more. Microsoft increased production and expands retail distribution for Surface...
12 Dec 2012
Daily Update, Nov. 19th – Emirates Airline Announces New Windows 8 Business App
Two stories for you today out of Microsoft: First, Emirates, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, announced today at the Windows 8 launch event in Dubai the development of a line-of-business application for Windows 8 called Knowledge Driven Inflight Service (KIS). An in-flight communication...
19 Nov 2012
The Midweek Download: Oct 24th Edition – Custom Tiles and Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Windows Phone 8 marketing tools for website and app developers, determining your organization’s Windows 8 adoption path, and taking monsters from scary to terrifying using Kinect for Windows. Creating a custom Tile to link to...
24 Oct 2012
Daily Update, Oct. 3rd – NASA and Six Other Organizations Join Skype in the Classroom
Today’s edition of the Daily Update has a stories on Skype as well as profiles on some of the employees involved with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing , which is being held in Baltimore, Maryland from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6. In celebration of World Teacher's Day on Friday, we...
3 Oct 2012
Daily Update, Sept. 26th – A Microsoft Research Economist Exudes a Passion for Politics
We have two stories for you in today’s edition of the Daily Update: · Microsoft Research puts the spotlight on David Rothschild , an economist at Microsoft Research New York City . Trained during an academic career that culminated with a Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School...
26 Sep 2012
Microsoft, Fashion and Technology
One of the most fun parts of my role at Microsoft is exploring trends in technology and the role Microsoft is playing. In the past on this blog I have talked about trends such as Natural User Interface . Over the past year, the convergence of fashion and technology is a trend on the rise. There...
7 Sep 2012
The Midweek Download: May 23rd Edition–Kinect for Windows 1.5 Released, Microsoft Research Breaks a Data Speed Record plus Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Bing
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the release of Kinect for Windows 1.5, Microsoft Research, some gorgeous ultra-thin laptops from HP and Lenovo and more. Kinect for Windows 1.5 released with face tracking SDK and more. Since the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK...
23 May 2012
The Midweek Download: April 11th Edition–Talking About Intelligent Systems on Next, Windows 8 & the Windows Phone SDK, plus Microsoft Research & Windows Azure
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on intelligent systems, the Windows Phone SDK, pinned sites in Windows 8 and much more. Check ‘em out. Talking intelligent systems. Anyone who has followed Next at Microsoft knows that the blog’s editor, Steve Clayton, is...
11 Apr 2012
The Midweek Download: March 14th Edition–More on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, an Inside Look at Beamatron, plus Microsoft Research, IE10 & Windows Phone
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the Windows 8 consumer preview, Microsoft Research, Internet Explorer 10, Windows Phone and Windows Azure. Don’t miss any of them! Web browsing in Windows 8 Consumer Preview with IE10. “We have considerably improved the...
14 Mar 2012
The Midweek Download: Feb. 29th Edition–Microsoft Unveils the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Craig Mundie Hosts TechForum 2012, plus Microsoft Research, Visual Studio 11 Beta & Windows Phone
We’ve got a heavy duty edition of The Midweek Download for you today, with stories on the Windows 8 consumer preview, TechForum 2012, a Microsoft distinguished scientist being recognized by the Anita Borg Institute and more. Don’t miss any of them! Welcome to Windows 8 – the consumer...
29 Feb 2012
Weekend Reading: Feb. 17th Edition–Find Out What’s Trending on msnNOW, See the New Facebook and Carbon Social Apps for Windows Phone, plus Hotmail, Microsoft Research & Xbox 360
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got the scoop on the launch of msnNOW, a new and improved Facebook app for Windows Phone and a new Microsoft Research project called Layerscape. MSN launches msnNOW to keep you in the know. Ever feel like you have to jump from site to site in order to...
17 Feb 2012
Weekend Reading: Dec. 2nd Edition–MSR Helps Tackle HIV, a Historic Week for Xbox plus Bing’s Top 2011 Searches, MSN, Windows Phone & More
With Thanksgiving and Black Friday over, the holiday season is now in full swing. Here’s a little Weekend Reading for you in between trips to the mall – or your favorite online stores. Microsoft Research: How fighting e-mail spam helps the search for an HIV vaccine. Helping tackle some...
2 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: April 15th Edition – Kinect for Windows SDK unveiled at MIX and Xbox 360 stays in the pole position
Microsoft made lots of news at the MIX 2011 show in Las Vegas this week, including announcements regarding the Kinect for Windows beta SDK, the next version of Windows Phone – codenamed Mango – and a mind-bending prototype that combines the Kinect and WorldWide Telescope technologies. ...
15 Apr 2011
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