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. Microsoft Research Cambridge Puts Visual Studio Beta on Fast Track

    With help from Microsoft Research Cambridge, Microsoft’s Developer Division will be offering an entirely new method for obtaining the latest beta of Visual Studio® 2008, Microsoft’s next-generation development tool for Windows Vista®, the 2007 Office System, and the Web. Microsoft Secure Content Distribution (MSCD), based on the Avalanche peer-to-peer (P2P) research project from Microsoft Research Cambridge’s Incubation team, will be trialed beginning July 27 for distribution of Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008, augmenting the…

    July 26th, 2007

  2. Putting Search into Context

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research The breathtaking ascendance of Internet search over the past decade has tended to obscure the limitations of the underlying technology. So quickly has search been embraced by hundreds of millions worldwide that it is entirely natural for people to spend more time marveling over what they’ve gained rather than focusing on the potential for improvement. Luckily, though, while users revel in their unprecedented access to information, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan…

    May 23rd, 2007

  3. Web Search—With a Little Help from Your Friends

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Who knows you better than anybody? Your friends and family, of course. Who is best-positioned to understand your wants and needs? Your closest acquaintances, naturally. Doesn’t it make sense, therefore, to take the opinions of your dearest companions into account when attempting a Web search? If you agree, count Dahlia Malkhi, Lidong Zhou, and Coby Fernandess among your friends. Malkhi and Zhou, from Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, are…

    May 15th, 2007

  4. Text-Search Tricks Speak Volumes in Image Search

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research It’s fair to assume that anyone who knows anything about the Web—anyone reading these words—is comfortably familiar with text search. It has become perhaps the pre-eminent way to extract information from the Internet, and it is extremely simple to invoke: Type a few characters into a search box, hit Go, and see what results. Simple for text, that is. It’s not quite so easy for images, which are…

    May 10th, 2007

  5. Microsoft Research Unveils Technologies to Improve the Web Experience

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Battling search spam. Streamlining Web-page monitoring. Helping protect online privacy. Enabling the illiterate to use computers. These are just a few of the ways Microsoft Research is demonstrating its commitment to making the Internet a more secure, easily searchable, user-friendly destination for consumers worldwide. Each of those goals was featured May 8-12 during the 16th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2007), to be held at the Fairmont…

    May 8th, 2007

  6. CHI 2007: A Matter of Perspiration and Inspiration

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research The research and academic community is rife with conferences. Just about any subject or discipline you can name has its own annual gathering, where the learned and the innovative come together to discuss their work, review the work of others, and connect with friends and colleagues. Few conferences, however, are more eagerly anticipated than CHI, the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems hosted each year by the…

    April 26th, 2007

  7. Personal Audio Space: The Headphones Experience sans Headphones

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Many people are accustomed to donning headphones to enjoy music at a desired volume without inflicting their tunes on others nearby. But there are tradeoffs inherent in the headphones experience. For one, you’re generally physically tethered to the sound source via wires, inhibiting your movement. Second, the headphones tend to isolate you from your physical environment. What if such limitations could be overcome? Within Microsoft Research Redmond, a…

    April 19th, 2007

  8. General Manager’s Mantra Drives Incubation Success

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Xuedong Huang has a mantra: Act fast, ponder less, and learn. Those precepts are not common in research circles, where careful deliberation is generally a necessary precondition to productive work, but there’s little doubt that they have served Huang well. He is the general manager of the Microsoft Research Incubation team, and his group recently unveiled Response Point™, a small-business Internet-protocol phone system. Response Point, designed for ease…

    April 17th, 2007

  9. Four from Microsoft Research Named ACM Fellows

    On Jan. 8, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced that it had recognized 41 of its members for their contributions. Four of these new ACM fellows are from Microsoft Research.

    February 17th, 2007

  10. Computing Industry Bestows Rare Honor upon Hoare, Lampson

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research One has spent his professional career exploring programming language theory. The other has made fundamental contributions to PC networks, operating systems, security, and document publishing. One works in Cambridge, U.K. The other works in Cambridge, Mass. But Tony Hoare and Butler Lampson have a couple of things in common: Both work for Microsoft Research, and both were named fellows of the Computer History Museum during an awards dinner…

    October 17th, 2006

  11. And the Winners Are …

    Over the years, Microsoft Research has attracted experienced researchers at the top of their fields, as well as fresh new talent that achieves significant results right out of the gate. And the research community has rewarded many of them with some of its highest honors. Microsoft Research isn’t the kind of place where people walk around with medals around their necks—collaboration and collegiality win out over egos and boasting—but the number of awards bestowed upon…

    September 26th, 2006

  12. The Meteoric Rise of Microsoft Research: An Oral History

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research Over the course of 15 years, Microsoft Research has gone from being a twinkle in the eyes of Bill Gates and his former chief technology officer, Nathan Myhrvold, to a model of industrial-research excellence. As the organization celebrates a milestone anniversary, a number of Microsoft Research pioneers took time to reminisce about how the group formed and progressed—and about some of their experiences along the way. Participants include…

    September 26th, 2006