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  • Blog Post: New Tools Simplify Data Mining

    In this era of big data, researchers are relying more and more on data mining to help them with their research. Researchers from nearly every field (not to mention businesses from almost every sector) are slicing, dicing, and sifting an exponentially growing mass of data, looking for patterns, trends...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research and the Kinect Effect

    Today (November 4) is the first anniversary of the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in the United States, with subsequent availability around the world. It has been a smashing success since its debut, thanks in part to contributions from Microsoft Research to its audio, skeletal-tracking, and facial-recognition...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Refresh Available

    Interest in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta, released on June 16, 2011, has been strong, and we’re delighted to learn that so many developers and innovators who are experimenting with natural user interface (NUI) applications have taken advantage of the SDK to explore...
  • Blog Post: Natural User Interface Leaps Forward with Release of Kinect for Windows SDK Beta

    As astute readers of this blog will recall, back in April we reported on the progress of the non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK), offering tantalizing descriptions of its capabilities and inviting you to follow its progress on a dedicated website. Well, I’m pleased...
  • Blog Post: F# Officially Joins Visual Studio

    It’s official: With today’s launch , F# makes its formal debut as a part of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 . Although F# has proved its ability to make a significant positive impact on the lives of professional programmers and others, the inclusion of version 2.0 of F# in Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Chemistry Add-in for Word

    Every discipline has its own language. The ability to communicate and collaborate in a discipline-specific language is essential to scientific research, especially in an environment characterized by staggering volumes of data. In chemistry, not only is there a specific language, but also specific...
  • Blog Post: Trident: Enhancing Discovery with an Organized, Well-Stocked Work Bench

    Almost regardless of the context, a work bench that isn’t properly organized and equipped doesn’t usually lead to the smooth or efficient completion of a project. To address that challenge in the realm of research, a scientific workflow work bench – code named Project Trident - is available...
  • Blog Post: Updated Microsoft Biology Foundation Available for Free Download

    There is an old saying that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. When it comes to scientific puzzles, especially those specific to bioinformatics, that adage could well be that if you cannot see it, you cannot solve it. Although still under development, the Microsoft Biology Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Dryad and DryadLINQ: Academic Accelerators for Parallel Data Analysis

    Releases such as the academic accelerators code named Dryad and DryadLINQ , currently available for free download, are great examples of what can be achieved when members of the global research community collaborate to develop technology. The result is availability of relevant tools that enhance discovery...
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