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  • Blog Post: Why does Microsoft spend time making predictions?

    Microsoft researcher David Rothschild accurately predicted the winners of 21 out of 24 Oscar categories this year. Today, he’s at it again with a new set of predictions for March Madness (be sure to check them out here and learn more about his methodology from Microsoft Research ). I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Want to totally win your Oscar pool? Talk to this guy

    Who’s going to win at the Oscars this year? Microsoft’s David Rothschild thinks he knows. Rothschild is a prolific researcher and statistician whose predictions are known for their rigorous methodology and striking accuracy. Since the Awards will soon be upon us – and since I love statistics...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365 Delivers “Frictionless” Access to Data Analytics Tools

    Seattle had one of its biggest public gatherings ever last week as the 12 th Man celebrated the homecoming of its world champion Seattle Seahawks. The Power BI team put together a video that highlights the road to the big game and it also shows off some of the data visualization capabilities of Power...
  • Blog Post: Here are David Rothschild’s data-powered predictions for 2014, from the Super Bowl to Hillary Clinton

    Editor's note: The following is a post from Steve Wiens, editor of microsoft.com/stories 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...
  • Blog Post: A career in technology at Microsoft

    This infographic is one I came across in late 2012 that has been used by the Microsoft recruitment team to show the wide and varied careers available at the company. Whether it's search, cloud, social, NUI, gaming, developer tools, phones, Windows, Kinect - there is something for everyone at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: What is the “findability” of your photos?

    Another nice find from @thatrobguy – 1000memories.com does a great job of estimating how many photos have ever been taken, both analog and digital. Their analog estimation is astonishing with 85 billion photos being taken in the year 2000. As we shift in to the digital age, the initial uptake was...
  • Blog Post: Craig Mundie - Converging Worlds: A New Era in Computing

    Craig Mundie visited a number of universities in the USA and Canada last week, engaging with the next generation of computer scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and educators to discuss what the future of technology holds, and how it will play a critical role in these and other fields. ...
  • Blog Post: Big data and Microsoft’s codename Data Explorer

    I’m fascinated with the potential for using big data at the moment. Of course Big Data (note the capitals) is one of the memes of the moment and on a recent trip to the UK I read a whole section of The Guardian newspaper dedicated to the topic…though I can’t find it online sadly. ...
  • Blog Post: Translation tech powers automatic subtitles for everyday life

    Editor’s note: The following is a post from Athima Chansanchai, Microsoft News Center Staff The world is a big place, but advancements in language translation are making it a little smaller every day. A shared understanding emphasizes what we have in common, rather than the chasms that...
  • Blog Post: Chronozoom from Microsoft: A Brief History of the World

    Anyone who has ever studied for a college exam or played a memory recall game like Concentration can safely vouch that there’s always been more information available than a person could easily process. So whenever discussion turns to the explosion of Big Data, there’s frequently a discussion...
  • Blog Post: Software Tools Make Extraordinary Impact Against Pneumonia

    A couple months back I mentioned how I want to expand the focus here on Next at Microsoft to include more about the societal impact of technology. The geek in me loves all of the technology we cover here, but the profound impact that technology can have on the world is something I think deserves more...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research demonstrates Lifebrowser

    Our final video from TechForum is Lifebrowser, a project from Eric Horvitz that shows the potential when you harness machine learning. Lifebrowser applies machine learning and reasoning to help people to navigate through large personal stores of their own information – including appointments...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechFest 2013: SketchInsight

    Over the last few days Microsoft has provided glimpses of our vision for the future and where technology could take us — first with the opening of the Envisioning Center , and then yesterday with a conversation hosted by Craig Mundie and Eric Rudder regarding Microsoft’s strategic and technical...
  • Blog Post: 29% of mobile users are open to scan a mobile tag to get coupons

    Our friends over at Tag have just posted some interesting stats about mobile use , in the form of an infographic. Lots of revealing data there about the present and future of mobile, for example – 86% of mobile Internet users are watching TV while they use their device . If you’ve followed...
  • Blog Post: Transformational technology trends

    I’ve been presenting this slide a lot lately to explain some of the key areas Microsoft is focused on from a technology trends point of view. The slide doesn’t pretend to be all encompassing and focuses on tech trends (not social or macroeconomic). After a few iterations, a few trends such...
  • Blog Post: Ford Goes Further with Big Data and Machine Learning

    If you read my CES trip report a couple weeks ago then you might recall my comment about Ford’s work in helping consumers optimize when they use electricity—a program they call MyEnergi Lifestyle . Since returning from Vegas I’ve stumbled across a few articles here and there that really...
  • Blog Post: Conserving Wildlife with Data

    A couple weeks ago I told you about the public preview of GeoFlow a pretty amazing data visualization plug-in for Excel. One of the reasons tools like these are in such high demand is because of the lack of qualified professionals who can make sense of big data. Data visualization has the potential to...
  • Blog Post: Mobile commerce infographic

    The Microsoft Tag team are cranking out infographics at quite a rate recently and this one showed up on their blog just over a week ago – I thought it was worth sharing here given I’ve spoken about how the world is becoming clickable and Tag will be a part of that. As Holly said in the post...
  • Blog Post: Nokia LiveSight: A New Definition to World Atlas

    It seems that Nokia is on a tear across the digital mapping industry. The recent launch of the Nokia 920 was a definite reminder of the company’s experience in creating great devices, and earlier this month the company drove a stake, or two, or three, in the ground of the virtual landscape, as...
  • Blog Post: Do you need a digital will?

    You’ve probably heard the phrase “digital memories” many times and like me, you likely think of this as digital photos and perhaps emails or other personal information that reside on a computer somewhere. Ask most people and I think they’d generally think this meant photos. I...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day: Microsoft Research FetchClimate! puts big climate data in the hands of many

    As we approach Earth Day this weekend I thought it’d be timely to take another look at one of my favorite Microsoft Research projects of late – FetchClimate! It’s the creation of Drew Purves , head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group , part of the Computational...
  • Blog Post: Project GeoFlow: A New Dimension in Viewing Geospatial and Temporal Data

    One of the most prominent themes at TechFest this year was the visualization of data. Projects like Sketch Insight and SandDance showcased some pretty cool experiences that give you new ways to slice and dice data – though with the caveat that these are research projects with no definite plans...
  • Blog Post: Big Data: Making “Magical” Things Possible

    In Silicon Valley Wednesday night, Microsoft hosted a panel discussion with execs from Facebook, Netflix and a few other companies. The topic was making big data easier to use for small businesses and start-ups. Doug Crets shared some highlights on the Official Microsoft Blog yesterday, along with this...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Global Ortho Project

    Video: Bing Maps Global Ortho Project The Bing team has a pretty healthy frequent flyer balance courtesy of the Bing Maps effort. Quentin Hardy at Forbes had a post on Bing today that brought me to this conclusion. He posted a piece about Bing Maps and their Global Ortho Project – an effort...
  • Blog Post: If our habitats were programmable, what would we ask of them?

    This was one of the many provocative statements in a book by Herman Miller I read recently. Always Building is a fascinating look at what buildings could be like if we used digital technology throughout the lifecycle of a structure. It challenges many of today’s building concepts where technology...
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