Vikram is the Chief Product Officer for Microsoft Research New Experiences and Technologies organization and acts as Technical Advisor to the head of NExT. He is responsible for increasing the impact of Microsoft’s research investments and oversees several teams and initiatives towards transforming Microsoft's research efforts into big bets for the company.
Vikram's recent startup work at Microsoft involved transforming research technologies like machine translation into high value developer and user experiences. He was responsible for shaping the product direction and business strategy for Microsoft’s translation platform, which is used by most major Microsoft products, including Bing, Office and Windows, as well as many partner products (Facebook, eBay, Twitter, etc.). Over the course of his tenure at Microsoft, he contributed to a number of other “new product” efforts in a variety of areas including Maps, Location Based Services, Phone and Emerging Markets.
Vikram's resume at Microsoft includes stints in multiple planning, product management and business strategy roles across a wide range of teams and technologies – Location Based Services, Phone & Consumer Mobile and Emerging Markets.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Vikram was responsible for designing, building and shipping award winning consumer products for the Mac and Linux platforms at Real Networks and played a key role in establishing the open source strategy for the company.
Vikram graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology and while an Entrepreneurial Fellow in a National Science Foundation sponsored program, he founded his first startup company in the area of tablet computing. Vikram's research interests include Computer Human Interaction, Natural Language Processing, Social Computing, Intelligent Interfaces and Software Agents.