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 Web N-gram Services Now in Public Beta Worldwide

    Late last year, Microsoft Research, in partnership with Bing, Microsoft's decision engine, introduced a private beta testing of Microsoft Web N-gram Services. The goal of Microsoft Web N-gram Services is to support research conducted using large data sets, particularly to engage the academic community in the area of data-driven research. This week, during the World Wide Web Conference (WWW2010), Microsoft Research and Bing will announce expanded access of the Microsoft Web N-gram Services beta to…

    April 28th, 2010

  2. Celebrating Earth Day 2010

      This week marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which began as a way to not only honor the planet but to remind us to treat the Earth respectfully. Four decades later, thanks to the vision and dedication of those who established the very first Earth Day, it is now common to consider and question the impact we make on the Earth’s environment in our daily lives.   At Microsoft Research, we strive to…

    April 22nd, 2010

  3. Trying to Cure PC Insomnia

    By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research Everyone understands the energy-saving benefits of shutting down PCs or leaving them on standby before leaving the office. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that companies can achieve cost savings of $25 to $75 per PC annually if users activate system-hibernation features. The Gartner Group released a study in February 2009 which showed that a company with 2,500 PCs could save more than $40,000 a year simply by using…

    April 19th, 2010

  4. F#: Putting the ‘Fun’ into ‘Functional’

    By Rob Knies, Managing Editor, Microsoft Research You would be forgiven if you thought the “F” in F#—which made its debut as part of Visual Studio 2010 on April 12—stands for “functional.” After all, F#—pronounced “F sharp”—is a functional programming language for the .NET Framework that combines the succinct, expressive, and compositional style of functional programming with the runtime, libraries, interoperability, and object model of .NET. But Don Syme, inventor of F# and leader of…

    April 13th, 2010

  5. The First U.S. National Robotics Week

    This week sees the celebration of the first National Robotics Week in the US.  Being one of the early advocates for Microsoft’s activities in robotics since late 2003, and as Microsoft Research’s representative (with Tandy Trower for Microsoft Robotics) in the Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) efforts to create a “national road-map” for robotics technology, I’m thrilled to see the great momentum in both research and commercial robotics in the US and beyond. All of us…

    April 13th, 2010

  6. F# Officially Joins Visual Studio

    Judith Bishop, director, Computer Science, Microsoft External Research It’s official: With today’s launch, F# makes its formal debut as a part of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. Although F# has proved its ability to make a significant positive impact on the lives of professional programmers and others, the inclusion of version 2.0 of F# in Microsoft’s development tool firmly establishes its status as a major .NET programming language. Already popular, F# extends the .NET platform by…

    April 12th, 2010

  7. CHI 2010 Highlights HCI Diversity

    By Janie Chang, Writer, Microsoft Research One glance at the list of topics featured in the CHI 2010 Technical Program is all it takes to understand the diversity of research disciplines that contribute to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). CHI 2010, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, brings top HCI researchers to Atlanta from April 10 to 15 for six busy days of presentations, panels, exhibits, and discussions.…

    April 12th, 2010

  8. A Smart Duo: Fetal Monitors and Mobile Technology

    At the heart of the thousands of debates and discussions regarding healthcare is the age-old and industry-agnostic issue of supply and demand. On one side of the equation there are hospitals, healthcare practitioners, equipment, research and many other factors. On the other side there are billions of people living throughout the world, each of whom have a unique set of conditions and needs—many without access to healthcare providers.  The ability to leverage the power of…

    April 7th, 2010

  9. A Trans-Atlantic Discussion of The Fourth Paradigm

    Last week I had the opportunity to lead a discussion on The Fourth Paradigm with attendees at an e-science and research data management conference. Thanks to technology, specifically Microsoft Office Live Meeting, I was able to participate from Redmond even though the conference was held at the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany. Since its founding in 1991, the university has established itself as an important member of the scientific community not only in the…

    April 1st, 2010

  10. Digital Preservation: Informing Tomorrow Today

    Ironically, the faster we progress in terms of technology, the shorter the lifespan of our tools becomes.  History that was etched into stone walls or tablets millennia ago is still readable in its original format, much more clearly and easily accessible, in fact, then data “saved” a few years ago on a 3½ inch floppy disk.  And this situation is even more critical when we understand that as a race, we’re creating exponentially more data…

    March 29th, 2010

  11. Data, Data Everywhere: The Economist Tackles Business Implications of Superabundant Information

    If you wonder about how to maximize the benefits of the enormous amount of data now available while minimizing the headaches of managing it, you are not alone. The Economist recently published a special section with several articles on the topic, addressing issues near and dear to the global research community – including storage, computation and visualization. With the data joining the ranks of capital and labor as an ingredient critical to success (in business…

    March 26th, 2010

  12. Charles P. Thacker Honored with A.M. Turing Award

    Congratulations to Charles P. Thacker, a technical fellow with Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, who was recently honored with the Association for Computing Machinery’s highest accolade, the A.M. Turing Award. Please click here to read more.

    March 26th, 2010