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Category: Research
March 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Microsoft wants to speed discovery of user likes, dislikes in online advertising

Demo Fest, now in its fifth year, is a way for the researchers within Microsoft’s adCenter Labs to get their ideas and prototypes out to the company’s product groups. The adLabs group showed four prototypes to a handful of reporters in Redmond this morning. That’s a small sample of the 25 demonstrations and 10 poster presentations it will have for full-time employees to see later today.

The demos I saw were not jaw-dropping. The concepts seemed to echo things we’d seen elsewhere or things I would have thought were already table stakes for advanced online advertising (understanding whether a user is searching for local information, such as a dentist in Seattle, for example).

AdLabs general manager Eric Brill was asked whether other demonstrations pointed more clearly to Microsoft’s strategic direction for online advertising.


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February 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Microsoft news roundup: OEM exec says Windows 7 in September, October; Google wants to join EC antitrust proceedign against Microsoft; wrapping up TechFest

“According to current planning, it should be late September or early October.” That’s what Ray Chen, president of a Tapei OEM, Compal Electronics, told Bloomberg about when Microsoft may begin shipping Windows 7. That would put it ahead of Microsoft’s officially stated schedule, which has the new OS due by January 2010. But it would match some observers’ expectations that Microsoft will have Windows 7 available in time for the 2009 holiday season.


Comments | More in Google, Internet Explorer, Natural user interface, News roundup, Research, Search, Windows 7

October 30, 2008 at 10:21 AM

More Microsoft Research: WorldWideTelescope updated, audio search partnership with Washington

Microsoft Research showed off several interesting projects at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles yesterday. I wrote about three of the projects in today’s paper: SecondLight; a data center sensor network; and Boku, a visual programming language for kids.

The company also announced a major upgrade to its very cool WorldWide Telescope. And today, the Washington Secretary of State’s Digital Archives said it was using a new audio-search technology from Microsoft Research aimed at providing better access to thousands of hours of archived government hearings. Read on for more details.


WorldWide Telescope.


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October 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

PDC: Microsoft Research boss wrote code 25 years ago present in today’s iPhone

LOS ANGELES — After two days of talking about new products, Microsoft is highlighting its longer-term future today. Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, opened the company’s Professional Developers Conference with a review of the role his organization plays in pushing the state of the art in computer science.


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October 9, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Microsoftie’s research on making you hot(ter) gets big play in NYT

When Tommer Leyvand was a graduate student at Tel-Aviv University, he did some interesting work on software that “enhanc[es] the aesthetic appeal (or the attractiveness) of human faces in frontal photographs (portraits).” Now a part of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 XNA team in Redmond, Leyvand’s “beautification engine” has attracted attention with a write up in the Skin Deep column of The New York Times.


Comments | More in Games & entertainment, Graphics and imaging, Research

October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Microsoft and NYU partnering on research into video games that teach math, science

Microsoft, New York University and several other New York-area schools are launching an initiative to study how video games can be applied to education. The Games For Learning Institute will “focus on evaluating computer games as potential learning tools for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at the middle-school years (grades 6-8).”


Comments | More in Digital media, Education, Games & entertainment, Public policy & issues, Research

October 7, 2008 at 5:53 AM

Q&A with Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer


Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, and Bill Gates take the stage at a conference in 2007.

I spoke Monday with Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer and one of the two executives filling Bill Gates’ role in setting the company’s course. He is in the midst of a U.S. university tour, talking to students and professors about Microsoft and the future of technology in many different disciplines. (Here’s today’s story from the paper.) It’s something Gates used to do regularly, and another way Mundie has assumed Gates’ functions at the company. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation, covering his tour, views on technology in education, Gates’ transition, and the Windows ad campaign.


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August 18, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Four Microsofties make Technology Review’s list of 35 under 35

MIT’s Technology Review, the world’s oldest tech magazine, has named four Microsoft employees to its “annual list of 35 outstanding men and women under the age of 35 who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business and technology.” Only Harvard and its affiliates had more people on the TR35.


Comments | More in Microsoft, Natural user interface, Personalities, Recruiting, Research

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