Behind the Code with Eric Horvitz


January 26, 2009


Microsoft is well known for Windows, Office, .NET, Xbox, Zune and a long list of other products and technologies.

Less discussed however, is a group at Microsoft that isn’t necessarily focused on ship dates, packaging, or competing products. Instead they think about how computers and technology can make life easier, with an eye towards developing new technologies that can improve all our lives and often in cooperation with product team, but also working with people in academia, governments and industry. The name of this group is Microsoft Research.


Eric Horvitz

Eric Horvitz, today’s guest, joined Microsoft Research with two colleagues in 1993 to form the Decision Theory and Adaptive Systems group. Since then he has been at the center of a variety of projects focused on machine intelligence and adaptation, and the related tasks of information discovery, collection, and delivery.


  • Portrait of Eric Horvitz

    Eric Horvitz

    Technical Fellow/Managing Director, Microsoft Research Redmond