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. Introducing Chemistry Add-in for Word

    Every discipline has its own language. The ability to communicate and collaborate in a discipline-specific language is essential to scientific research, especially in an environment characterized by staggering volumes of data.    In chemistry, not only is there a specific language, but also specific symbols. Empowering those symbols by enabling them to communicate across technologies and formats, as well as simplifying authoring and semantic annotation, is at the heart of the Chemistry Add-in for Word. Informally…

    March 23rd, 2010

  2. TechFest 2010

    Even today, there is nothing quite like seeing innovation up close and in person. That’s why you don’t need a calendar to know when it’s the TechFest season at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.  Every year, researchers from around the world come to Redmond to share their most compelling, innovative work with colleagues, including those who apply the knowledge gleaned from research into Microsoft products. One of the more compelling topics explored during this year’s TechFest…

    March 16th, 2010

  3. Chuck Thacker Attains Computing’s Peak

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research When Chuck Thacker graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1967, he envisioned a career as an engineering physicist, designing particle accelerators. Things didn’t progress according to plan. Thacker entered the workaday world to make money to pay for graduate school. Before long, he found himself hired as a staff engineer for a computer-research project based at his alma mater, and…

    March 9th, 2010

  4. Happy International Women’s Day

    Today is the 99th annual International Women’s Day, and an opportunity to discuss an issue that should concern all of us: the lack of women in computing.  Even though we’ve made slight progress recently—according to data shared by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)—in 2008 only 18 percent of all computer science degrees were earned by women. This is a dramatic drop from 37 percent in 1985. Closely related is the fact…

    March 8th, 2010

  5. Trident: Enhancing Discovery with an Organized, Well-Stocked Work Bench

    Almost regardless of the context, a work bench that isn’t properly organized and equipped doesn’t usually lead to the smooth or efficient completion of a project.  To address that challenge in the realm of research, a scientific workflow work bench – code named Project Trident  - is available for free and easy download to PCs that run the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Trident was developed to meet the needs of various sizes of work groups.…

    March 3rd, 2010

  6. Updated Microsoft Biology Foundation Available for Free Download

    There is an old saying that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. When it comes to scientific puzzles, especially those specific to bioinformatics, that adage could well be that if you cannot see it, you cannot solve it. Although still under development, the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF), the beta 2 version of which was recently released as open source is already helping researchers address visualization challenges by providing a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit…

    February 22nd, 2010

  7. What do Ada Lovelace, Barbie and I all have in common?

    This post originally appeared on The Official Microsoft Blog. The National Science Foundation reports that women currently make up only 19.5 percent of engineering bachelor degree recipients and 11 percent of professional engineering positions in the United States.  Those are unfortunate numbers. Not only do more and more of the world’s top jobs require science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expertise, but few women enter engineering, causing a serious loss of a tremendous talent pool. We…

    February 18th, 2010

  8. WorldWide Telescope: Exploring globally, learning locally

    Thanks to a productive collaboration among members of the global research community, the WorldWide Telescope is in the process of becoming more worldwide in its reach and impact. By adding support for new languages, a process that is well underway, the WorldWide Telescope is becoming a more useful resource for more people in more places.  In nearly all aspects, the WorldWide Telescope is the result of collaboration among Microsoft External Research and a number of…

    February 10th, 2010

  9. Translator Fast-Tracks Haitian Creole

    By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research In disaster relief, every hour makes a difference, and communication is essential. When aid efforts began after the recent Haiti earthquake, a request came to the Machine Translation team within Microsoft Research’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) group from Microsoft volunteers involved in the community supporting assistance in Haiti: Was there a quick way to deliver an online English/Haitian Creole translator? The request to the team came on Tuesday, Jan.…

    February 4th, 2010

  10. Dryad and DryadLINQ: Academic Accelerators for Parallel Data Analysis

    By Derick Campbell, Microsoft External Research Releases such as the academic accelerators code named Dryad and DryadLINQ, currently available for free download, are great examples of what can be achieved when members of the global research community collaborate to develop technology. The result is availability of relevant tools that enhance discovery and tackle challenges. Working together, Dryad and DryadLINQ support quick and efficient parallel data analysis, a critical capability in today’s accelerated, data-driven research environment.…

    February 3rd, 2010

  11. Living in The Fourth Paradigm

    Jim Gray’s untimely death in 2007 marked a profound loss for the global research community.  Jim’s passionate approach to research drove him to explore and test his vision rigorously, to question assumptions at every turn, to relentlessly push the limits of possibility regardless of what was in vogue, or not.  Thankfully, the publication of The Fourth Paradigm, a collection of essays about the increasingly intimate connection between science and computing technology, provides a starting point…

    January 25th, 2010

  12. Fighting HIV and AIDS — Journal of Experimental Medicine

    Two Microsoft researchers, Jonathan Carlson and David Heckerman, working with two teams of HIV researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, and at the University of Alabama have identified new findings that could help in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  Their results appear in back-to-back articles just released in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. http://bit.ly/8Wqh40

    January 20th, 2010