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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.

Bringing Big-Data Dreams Down to Earth

Posted by Rob Knies You’ve probably heard a bit about big data in recent months. Chatter abounds about the enticing possibilities such prodigious data collections offer. But what, really, is in store for owners and users of big data sets? Curtis Wong knows. He should. Wong was the Microsoft Research scientist who gave the world the WorldWide Telescope, used by legions of astronomy fans fascinated by the informative, fun experience offered by a virtual telescope…

April 2014

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Inside Power Map’s Latest Update

Tweet Posted by Curtis Wong, principal researcher It’s been an amazing journey for the past 30 months, developing the ideas and prototypes that made the case to start up Project “GeoFlow,” now called Power Map, with the help of the Startup Business Group (SBG) within Microsoft. SBG helped to provide some of the resources for hiring the development, design, and test teams, and Office provided program-management resources to ensure that what we developed would integrate…

September 2013

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GeoFlow Takes Data for a 3-D Drive

In November, during the SharePoint Conference 2012, attendees received a Public Preview of project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel, the latest business-intelligence (BI) functionality to be integrated with Microsoft Excel 2013 later this year. As an Excel add-in, GeoFlow provides interactive, 3-D geospatial and temporal data visualizations. It enables information workers to discover and share new insights from data through rich, 3-D data on a globe and fluid, cinematic guided tours—virtual cinematography moving through data. With…

April 2013

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Rashid: an Era of Data, Devices, and Services

Posted by Rob Knies TechFest 2013 began promptly at 9 a.m. March 5 in the Kodiak Room of the Microsoft Conference Center with a keynote address by Rick Rashid, Microsoft chief research officer and head of Microsoft Research. Rashid discussed the present-day shift toward more intelligent technology, enabled by a wealth of data, de vices, and services. The keynote also featured a pair of demonstrations of TechFest projects: Telling Stories with Data via Freeform Sketching:…

March 2013

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WorldWide Telescope: The Interactive Sky on Your Desktop

A free, interactive virtual learning environment, WorldWide Telescope enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope. Through its interactive dashboard, you can browse high-resolution imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes, giving you a visually powerful perspective of the size, scale, and features of the universe. Curtis Wong, principal researcher for Microsoft Research eScience and co-creator of WorldWide Telescope, demonstrated some of the capabilities of this versatile technology at TEDxCaltech on January 14,…

February 2011

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