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Networking Research Group

Inventing networking & sensing technologies

The Networking Research Group focuses on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems, mobile computing, sensing, and Internet of Things. Researchers build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, release software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product groups.

Space Connections project: photo of a satellite in space orbit

Space & NextG

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Network Stack for Modern Cloud

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Zero Trust & Zero Management Networks

Photography depicts Microsoft's FarmBeats technology uses AI and IoT to help increase farm productivity.

Networking for Industry

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Our impact

We strive to find a balance between long term research and product impact. You may know about our research from the papers we publish and the talks we give, but we also have a broad impact on Microsoft products, including:

  • Azure
  • Bing
  • Office 365
  • Windows
  • Xbox