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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: 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: Bing Maps Preview app combines immersive, 3D imagery with information at your fingertips

    Editors Note: The following is a post from Mark Hanson, staff writer for Microsoft News Center If you’re a mapping geek, sit up and take note. Today the Bing Maps team released Bing Maps Preview app, a new Windows 8.1 map that combines the likes of personalized local recommendations via Local...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Q&A with Clay Shirky

    Clay Shirky is one of those guys with a keen insight into technology and its impacts on culture. Last week we had the chance to sit down with him before he took the stage for the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit and Design Expo. Below is an edited transcript and select audio from our talk, which...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: how Microsoft Research and product teams collaborate

    Back in March I wrote a post on the Official Microsoft Blog about the collaboration between our products teams and Microsoft Research. The infographic has had a second lease of life this week as it was included in a story on the Microsoft News Center regarding Avatar Kinect and I noticed The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Context services are more than just big data and smartphones

    Towards the end of 2011 and in the first few weeks of 2012, the usual raft of technology predictions started to spread across the web. I’ve enjoyed reading many of them given that I spend my time talking to people across Microsoft about where they think the future lies and what technologies and...
  • Blog Post: Get Excel style sparklines in Twitter

    Excel 2010 introduced “sparklines” - intense, simple, word-sized graphics” , as their inventor Edward Tufte describes them in his book Beautiful Evidence . Think of them as micro charts inside an Excel cell that bring visual meaning to numbers . Well you can now bring sparklines...
  • Blog Post: The ChronoZoom challenge: Visualize history and compete for $5,000 and a trip to Moscow

    Editor’s note: The following is a post from Athima Chansanchai, Microsoft News Center Staff Enter the Microsoft ChronoZoom Visualizing Challenge as an individual or team and you may win a grand prize of $5,000 and a trip to Moscow, Russia. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is...
  • Blog Post: The power of infographics

    [image credit: noraomurchu ] Can Brighton, England lay claim to having the world’s biggest infographics? I suspect so. Tidy Street in Brighton is anything but tidy at the moment as a graffiti artist has been at work, daubing the streets with huge letters and numbers. It’s all part of...
  • Blog Post: Does the rise of data sound the death knell for creativity?

    I have something of a man crush on data – ever since I started chatting to our MSR folks who are big on machine learning. This month’s GOOD magazine is a great read to give you a sense of how we’re becoming a data driven world; it’s subtitled “ The Data Issue ” and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft by the Numbers

    There are an awful lot of numbers around Microsoft - some big, some small, some fun - and many I can remember. With microsoft.com/bythenumbers at least I now have a location I can find them and in a familiar format. Expect to see us update the tiles frequently...more pizza is being eaten every day...
  • Blog Post: Roll your own weather forecast with Big Data and cloud computing

    This week, the Microsoft News Center is publishing a series on Big Data and where Microsoft plays a role. There’s an interview with the CIO of The Weather Company about how weather impacts businesses, something that's especially timely with last weekend's wintry blast. Apparently there’s...
  • Blog Post: Machine learning for dummies

    [image courtesy of Ariel Stallings ] Say machine learning to most people and they’ll look at you suspiciously – even people in the tech industry have a degree of caution is it conjures up notions of machines taking over the world in some sort of Terminator / singularity way. I think it’s...
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