Microsoft today shared it vision for the future of computer technology involved in automotive industry. Microsoft called the “intelligent car” is a scenario in which telematics data can help improve both the driving experience and the design of the vehicle for the driver. Read the below description of their vision, It means a world in which the same information that is available to drivers today to improve fuel efficiency or vehicle maintenance – speed, braking, fuel consumption, tire pressure and environmental conditions – can be used by carmakers to evaluate day-to-day performance to improve design on next year’s model or even fine tune an engine “over the air” to improve fuel economy of the current model year. Carmakers will increasingly have the ability to provide iterative updates, much in the same way that computer software works today, that refresh the driving experience and extend compatibility to the latest consumer devices. ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs today announced two new features that is part of the updated Socl social-information network. Here are the two new features: Collection Moderators Now, every collection has at least one moderator who comes from the Socl community. Moderators have the ability to edit the title, description and tags of a collection. Moderators may also remove inappropriate or off topic posts from a collection at their discretion. “Us” Collections With the addition of Collection Moderators, we are now offering a third type of Collection – “Us” Collections. Now you can invite others to moderate a collection with you; you can also decide if you would like that collection to be visible to everyone or only your co-contributors. Read more about it from the link below. Check out the features at http://www.so.cl/. Source: FUSE ...

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Microsoft is working on some cool telepresence projects which was revealed by their latest job listings. Microsoft was always criticized for not utilizing their R&D well enough to make them into marketable products. Microsoft is trying to change this scenario with the new startup labs which will be productizing ideas and code from Microsoft Research. Recently two new job listings revealed that a team is working on creating immersive telepresence products based on MSR inputs and current Microsoft communication products like Skype, Lync, etc, The Microsoft Mesa project is creating immersive telepresence products that will change the way remote workers experience and are experienced in meetings. Mesa offers an equal blend of software and hardware challenges so you will get a chance to work on unique technologies that are unlike any other part of Microsoft. We build on top of proven technologies like Lync and Skype, but also use new ...

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Craig Mundie, a senior adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, showed off the company’s upcoming products in a talk at Yale University. In the lecture which is titled, “How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World,”  Mundie discussed Microsoft’s efforts to make human-technology interaction more natural and productive, and gave some sneak peek examples of  how the company is bringing such products to businesses and consumers. He added that over the next few years, Microsoft anticipates a shift from the current graphical user interface of  “pointing and clicking and typing” to a “natural user interface” of  “touch and other forms of human sense-like capabilities”. He also said that we’d really like a computer to be more like us, and through that, we want many more people to get computing capability. He emphasized that “There’s no reason to believe that in the future that any person who’s buying a television or a cellphone ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs announced a significant update for its Socl information network. This spring update brings a new look and new features. The site now features improved site navigation, better post creation, featuring, private messages support and more. Read the full list below. - Simplified site navigation, including: create a post button discover (full site search and discovery) pinned menu for quick access to notifications, messages, setting, parties and about centered Socl logo to refresh the page single click access to your profile feed pivots between following and everyone - Collections and Interests merged into one concept collections curated by everyone (formerly Interests) collections curated by individuals, including private collections collection descriptions tags now done at the collection level rather than the post level and applied only by collection followers - Better post creation, featuring: drag and drop resize shuffle share to other social networks - Personal opportunity cards ...

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At sixth annual TechForum event, Microsoft demoed some of the advanced Kinect capabilities like accurate hand gesture recognition, etc,. Microsoft Kinect is already capable of detecting body movements and now Microsoft has improved them to make it recognize hand gestures such as opening and closing the palm. You can now use Windows 8 fully controlled by Kinect and it looks cool. Check out the video above. I guess these features will be part of  Kinect 2.0 which will be released along with Xbox vNext. Source: Microsoft Research   ...

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Microsoft today kicked off its sixth annual TechForum at Microsoft’s new Envisioning Center. Craig Mundie, senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer, and Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer along with other senior Microsoft executives presented their vision for the future of technology to a group of journalists. It also featured latest technology demos and prototypes some of which like ViralSearch, SketchInsight, etc,. Microsoft focused on three areas for this year’s  TechForum, The Arrival of Big Data: The massive explosion of data from machines, sensors and people—along with the broad availability of affordable cloud services at scale—are bringing us powerful new tools that turn data into insight. Systems That Learn: 21st-century computers aren’t just told what to do—they learn. Dramatic improvements in machine learning are leading to systems that can absorb the vast amounts of data we are collecting, discern knowledge, and project futures. More “Human” Natural User Interfaces (or NUI): This is a topic ...

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During yearly TechForum event in Seattle, Microsoft Research unveiled number of interesting projects that they were working on. Some of the projects were SketchInsight, Viral Search, etc,. The Verge reports that Microsoft also revealed displays with Kinect sensor built-in. Microsoft is working to bring Kinect sensor integrated into displays. There are no.of challenges in making that happen, for example infra-red cameras in Kinect will not work in bright sunlight. Speaking on this, Craig Mundie said the following, “You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible,” , “My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this [Surface tablet].” “It’s not gonna happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing.” Read more about it from the link below. via: The Verge ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, Viral Search. Viral Search allows you to navigate and explore real time content around the world using data from various services. What does it mean for online content to “go viral”? An analysis of almost a billion information cascades on Twitter news, videos, and photos has produced the first quantitative notion of whether something has indeed gone viral, thereby enabling further research into topic experts, trending topics, and viral-incident metrics. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, SketchInsight. SketchInsight is an interactive whiteboard system for storytelling with data by using real-time sketching. Creating personalized, expressive data charts becomes quick and easy. The presenter simply sketches an example, and SketchInsight automatically completes the chart by synthesizing from example sketches. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft is not new to sharing their vision for the future. Microsoft Office division shared their vision for productivity future 2 years back. Now, Microsoft has released a new video about how they are imagining out future in next 5-10 years. Most part of the above video shows that NUI and machine learning will be the key part of our future. Microsoft has started an Envisioning Center inside Microsoft which was built upon their latest ideas on the future. This work continues at our new Envisioning Center, which is all about imagining how technology could be used to make life easier and more enjoyable, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in revolutionary ones. The Envisioning Center has been rebuilt from the ground up to incorporate our newest ideas and latest technologies, and today we announced its opening. The facility encompasses scenarios at home, at work and places in between, and is inspired by ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications and Kenyan Internet Service Provider Indigo Telecom Ltd. to deliver low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband across Kenya. This  low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband is done using solar-powered base stations together with TV white spaces, a technology partially developed by Microsoft Research. Microsoft is testing and researching about the the White Space approach for a long time and they are looking to deploy it in Kenya. See related blog and video. Source: Microsoft ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is closing its R&D unit in South Korea. It was reported that the 21 R&D employees in Seoul were ordered to relocate and among them 10 R&D workers got call from Microsoft Redmond to move there. Microsoft today responded to the report that there was no real R&D lab at South Korea as they have at other locations around the world.  The unit dissolved was a regular Office team workforce and it was due to work completion in some product area. The phrase R&D has been misinterpreted and Microsoft’s R&D is not moving from South Korea. Last month, after evaluations that the company regularly does, Microsoft made adjustments to its Office workforce in South Korea. With work completed in a particular product area, some roles have been redeployed to Office in their Redmond headquarters, consolidating with the Office team there.  Some roles moved to ...

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We often come across interesting patents from Microsoft on future technologies. This one was related to “Force-feedback within telepresence” that will enable the sender and receiver to feel their emotions physically through “friction, haptic, tactile, electric feedback, electrical stimulation, three-dimensional feedback, vibration, shaking, physical resistance, temperature change, motion, noise, pressure, texture, a motion, a replication of touching, any combination thereof, and/or any other suitable feedback communicated via a device.” Force-feedback within telepresence: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates replicating a telepresence session with a real world physical meeting. A telepresence session can be initiated within a communication framework that includes two or more virtually represented users that communicate therein. A trigger component can monitor the telepresence session in real time to identify a participant interaction with an object, wherein the object is at least one of a real world physical object or a virtually ...

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According to the internal memo from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed by ATD, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie has moved to a new role called  “Senior Advisor to the CEO.” Microsoft describes his new role as follows, “In this role, he works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards,” Steve lauded in Craig’s efforts in his past role and announced that he will retire when he turns 65, in 2014. Eric Rudder a longtime Microsoft executive who headed Server and Tools business in the past will now take on the role of  chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft. Source: ATD ...

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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 20, 2012 — Dr. Jeannette Wing will join Microsoft Research as vice president, head of Microsoft Research International, reporting to Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid. Wing is a leading figure in computer science research, particularly in formal methods, security and privacy. She has held key positions in both academia and government, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation (NSF). “Jeannette is a leading light in the computer science research community, providing strong leadership both at Carnegie Mellon and at NSF,” Rashid said. “I have long been impressed by both her profound commitment to world-class research and her service to the research community, and I look forward to working alongside her. It’s a privilege to welcome Jeannette to Microsoft Research.” From 2007 to 2010, Wing served as assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the NSF, where she ...

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