Research at Microsoft

Research at Microsoft

Scientists and engineers work across diverse research areas in labs worldwide.

Portrait of Harry Shum

Harry Shum

Executive Vice President, Technology and Research

As our CEO Satya Nadella has said, we work in an industry that does not respect tradition, only innovation.

Microsoft has always been a world leader in technological innovation, building some of the most important products in both the software and hardware industry. Now, we are continuing that tradition as our world shifts from focusing on the latest gadgets to focusing on the best, most personalized experiences. 

At Microsoft, research plays a crucial role in driving those breakthroughs. Our researchers, scientists, and engineers have influenced virtually every Microsoft product we have released in the past three decades, including Cortana, Azure ML, Office, Xbox, HoloLens, Skype, and Windows.

These leading industry thinkers also contribute to important basic and applied research in fields ranging from healthcare to economics. They also provide thought leadership to both business and engineering leaders in fields such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. 

Microsoft researchers believe in sharing this fundamental, groundbreaking research with the world. We do this through products and services we release, such as Project Oxford and CNTK, and through partnerships with leading universities and research organizations. 

At Microsoft, we believe in the value of research, for our own work and for the world we live in.

— Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research 

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