Software Summit 2011


pgtitle_softwaresummit2011.jpgMicrosoft Research hosted this event to bring together thought leaders from academia, research labs, funding agencies, and Microsoft to discuss the state of software research and development. More than 200 leading European computer scientists attended to experience a vibrant program of talks, panels, workshops, and demonstrations. These interactions were designed to help participants gain a better understanding of the integral role that industrial research plays in society, education, and technology transfer, and how they can contribute to this thriving community.

The Software Summit discussed Microsoft Research’s collaboration projects that drive and support innovative research in software engineering, semantic computing, parallelism and concurrency, programming languages, and mobile computing. With our partners at worldwide universities, industries, and governments, we develop free tools, technologies, and other resources that advance the state of computer science in Europe and help the region thrive and grow in fundamental and applied research. The tools listed above were showcased at the Software Summit and are freely available.

Software underlies everything in our daily lives, from transport to entertainment, from business to social networking. The way we design, engineer, maintain, and use software has changed dramatically in the past five years, and will change more in the next. We need to be ready for these changes, and be able to educate the next generation with the real tools and theory that will make them effective software developers, engineers, and architects.


  • Beyond Software
  • Mobile Computing
  • Programming for the Next Generation
  • The Cloud
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Natural User Interaction
  • Semantic Computing
  • Verified Software