Meet the team

Microsoft Asia R&D
"...this is totally different from the traditional engineering process."
Jacky Hsu, Qinying Liao

Garage Team

Jacky Hsu, Qinying Liao

Microsoft Asia R&D

Beijing, China

Backstory

Your Weather is a Chinese-language app for Windows Phone that brings personalized air quality and weather reports for cities in China through a beautiful Chinese painting style interface.

Live Tiles and Lock Screen integration give users instant updates so they don’t have to open the app to get the information they need. “We’re encouraged, as part of our work, to identify key problems in China and create solutions,” says Jacky Hsu, Principal Program Manager in Asia Research and Development for Microsoft. “We worked closely with Microsoft Research Asia and government (China Meteorological Administration) on this app. Air quality is a hot topic in China, and MSR Asia has a team that focuses on this issue. We decided to work with them to bring their algorithms using Azure Machine Learning to the China market.”

After the initial beta release, Hsu and his team produced 17 updates in about three months based on 20,000 beta users’ comments. “The key challenge is this is totally different from the traditional engineering process,” Hsu says. “We need to be very agile, monitor feedback every day and move fast.”