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Go behind-the-scenes of Cortana with Microsoft Research
Most of us can only dream of having the perfect personal assistant, one who is always there when needed, anticipating every request and unobtrusively organizing our lives. Cortana, the new digital personal assistant that comes with Windows Phone 8.1 , brings users closer to that dream. For Larry Heck...
18 Apr 2014
Weekend Reading: April 18th Edition — Converting big data to ambient intelligence
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on creating a data culture, an Internet of Things service built on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research’s Silicon Valley TechFair. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and Data Platform Group...
18 Apr 2014
Weekend Reading: April 11th Edition – Nokia Devices and Services acquisition approved in China, plus two awesome robot stories!
The days are getting longer and the bees are waking from their long winter slumber here in Seattle. In celebration, we’re pollinating your weekend reading with news buzzing from around the globe. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday announced approval of Microsoft’s purchase of...
11 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
Weekend Reading: March 28th Edition—Office for iPad is one of many mobile-first, cloud-first releases
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we've got stories on the release of Office for iPad (as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite and other mobile-first, cloud-first products), and Microsoft Azure being made available in China. Office arrives on the iPad. In San Francisco Thursday, Microsoft CEO...
28 Mar 2014
Microsoft makes source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to public
The following post is from Roy Levin, distinguished engineer and managing director, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley. On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum , we are making this code available...
25 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’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
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
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
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
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
Weekend Reading: July 19th Edition—Touch-enabled ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ game app arrives on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
The latest installment in the Halo franchise is available exclusively on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Released yesterday, “Halo: Spartan Assault” is a new top-down shooter designed specifically for touch devices. The highly anticipated game features simple controls and a more casual...
19 Jul 2013
Microsoft Research Honored by Computerworld for Pneumonia & HIV Advances
Computerworld has recognized Microsoft Research for breakthroughs made in combating two deadly diseases that affect millions throughout the world: pneumonia and HIV infection. Working in collaboration with the University of Oxford, our research strives to make pneumonia vaccine more effective....
20 Mar 2013
Weekend Reading: Oct. 26th Edition – Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface Launch, Windows Phone 8 Press Event is Set for Monday
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface, gearing up for Monday’s big Windows Phone 8 event, plus Forza Horizon arrives and Halo 4 sweetens the pot. Windows 8 arrives. Microsoft yesterday announced the global availability of its popular...
26 Oct 2012
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Earlier this week you may have seen my post highlighting LightSpace , a project from Microsoft Research that we believe has the potential to advance the idea of Natural User Interfaces (NUI). This week, Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, gave a glimpse of more NUI technologies...
8 Oct 2010
The Midweek Download: Nov. 21st Edition – Global Customers are Adopting Windows 8 and Windows Azure Is on a Roll
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on customers who are setting their businesses apart from the rest using Windows 8 and Windows 8 apps, some great Windows Phone developer tips, and Windows Azure SQL Database being named an Enterprise Cloud Database Leader by Forrester Research...
21 Nov 2012
Microsoft Research India: The Faces Behind the Fight Against TB
The following is a post from Bill Thies , Researcher, Microsoft Research India. In India, I have seen first-hand the faces of those stricken by tuberculosis (TB), one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Every year, 9 million people contract TB and here in India alone, two people die every...
3 Dec 2012
Weekend Reading: Oct. 21st Edition–Microsoft “Kinects” with Sesame Street & NatGeo, plus new Windows Phones and a Cool Microsoft Research Project
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got Kinect and Xbox 360 news, a sneak peek at new Windows Phones from the All Things D Asia conference and a look into a cool new project at Microsoft Research. Microsoft teams up with Sesame Street and National Geographic for a little playful learning...
21 Oct 2011
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