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  • Blog Post: POINT. TALK. TOUCH. Welcome to the wonderful world of natural user interfaces

    For the last four decades, using a computer meant sitting down, looking at a screen and using a keyboard and, sometimes, a mouse. Today, new technology enables much more intuitive ways of interacting with computers. If you think touch screens and Kinect-controlled video games were state of the art, think...
  • Blog Post: 20 things you didn’t know you could do with natural user interfaces

    1. Safer heart surgery . Surgeons are using Kinect to access patient records from the operating room to avoid scrubbing in and out during complex procedures. 2. Assess motor skills. A specialist children’s hospital in Miami has developed interactive avatars to allow patients to become more familiar...
  • Blog Post: Tablets that mean business – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

    There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices...
  • Blog Post: Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

    Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it's cold out there at the moment) - and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It's something we simply had to share with our Enterprise audience. Besides, it's a great example of how tech innovation can help...
  • Blog Post: What is a data scientist?

    Is data science the new rock and roll? What does a data scientist actually do? We asked our own friendly data scientist Kenji Takeda to break it down for us. There are many definitions of a ‘data scientist’. But it’s clear that it’s something to do with ‘big data’...
  • Blog Post: See, touch and explore the future of interaction

    Microsoft Research is exploring the future of interaction, including direct 3D interactions with augmented reality. Let’s take a look at the technology that is already out there: Sensors. Today’s mobile devices have sensors that make Star Trek’s Tricorder look medieval. For...
  • Blog Post: Inventing the future: interview with HoloDesk creator

    The Holodesk from Microsoft Research lets people interact with virtual objects in a uniquely real way – almost as if they were on Star Trek’s Holodeck. We talk to lead researcher Otmar Hilliges to find out how they did it. We’ve written about Microsoft Research’s HoloDesk before...
  • Blog Post: Lessons in innovation from Microsoft Research Labs

    Microsoft spends a significant proportion of its revenue on research and development. It has more than 850 researchers operating in labs around the world . Investing in R&D can be very valuable. It can create sustainable competitive advantages, especially if backed by IP protection like patents...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft in leading pack for self-service BI vendors

    Hello, just a quick post today to bring you some recent news from the world of business intelligence (BI). Research company Forrester published a report earlier this summer which has placed Microsoft amongst the leading pack for self-service BI vendors. This is due to the 'breadth of our self-service...
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