Microsoft Research Blog

The Microsoft Research blog provides in-depth views and perspectives from our researchers, scientists and engineers, plus information about noteworthy events and conferences, scholarships, and fellowships designed for academic and scientific communities.

  1. Manipulating Space and Time in Mixed Reality

    Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality each has distinct advantages when it comes to bringing digital capabilities into our everyday lives. Everything users see, including the environment and every object can be controlled and changed. This also means that what users see doesn’t necessarily mirror the…
    April 23, 2018
  2. New institute explores the future of Cortana

    Today marks the establishment of the Cortana Intelligence Institute – a new, co-funded collaboration between Microsoft Research, Cortana Research and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, to work on next-generation capabilities for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana. At Microsoft, we are constantly looking for opportunities to learn…
    February 1, 2018 by Roy Zimmermann
  3. Holograms: The future of near-eye display?

    Holograms: The future of near-eye display?

    By Andrew Maimone, Researcher; Andreas Georgiou, Researcher; Joel Kollin, Principal Research Hardware Development Engineer Last week at the SCIEN Workshop on Augmented and Mixed Reality, a group of industry and academic researchers met to discuss the future of virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR). One goal was clear: we’d…
    May 19, 2017
  4. Nanotechnology comes to life with needle-based human interface devices

    By Noboru Kuno, Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Researchers at Microsoft and Tokyo’s Keio University have developed systems that could allow people to use tiny, painless needles to do things like monitor medical conditions or receive information without looking at a screen. The research project,…
    August 24, 2016
  5. Calling all Internet of Things researchers…

    By Kenji Takeda, Solutions Architect and Technical Manager and Arjmand Samuel, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Research We are in the midst of an invisible revolution, with the promise of ubiquitous and pervasive computing not a dream but a newly emerging reality. The nexus of cheap and capable…
    July 20, 2016
  6. Can smartphones use less energy to browse the web?

    Web browsing is one of the core applications on smartphones. After all, who hasn’t checked Facebook or watched the latest news—or amusing cat videos—on their mobile phone? However, mobile browsers on smartphones are primarily optimized for performance, not energy efficiency, so web browsing—especially the loading…
    September 17, 2015
  7. UBICOMP 2015: Best paper awards

    The winners of the best paper award for UBICOMP 2015 go to:   DeepEar: Robust Smartphone Audio Sensing in Unconstrained Acoustic Environments Using Deep Learning by Nicholas Lane, Petko Georgiev, Lorena Qendro Microphones are remarkably powerful sensors of human behavior and context. However, audio sensing is…
    September 7, 2015