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  • Blog Post: Reproducibility as a service: can the cloud make it real?

    Research published in academic journals is trustworthy. Or is it? This question is being asked more and more these days. While few doubt the integrity of the researchers, many in the scientific community are concerned about the inability to reproduce experiments. If the work is not reproducible, how...
  • Blog Post: Machine learning in the cloud made easier for researchers—Azure ML grants available

    It seems that everybody today wants to employ machine learning in their research. And why not? Machine learning promises to transform our ability to understand, model, and predict the world around us. It is pushing boundaries in areas as diverse as image recognition , cardiac patient risk management...
  • Blog Post: Big data tamed with the cloud

    Big data: it’s the hot topic these days, promising breakthroughs in just about every field, from medicine to marketing to machine learning and more. But for many of us, the problems of managing big data hit home when we confront the welter of digital photos and videos we have recorded with our...
  • Blog Post: Supporting technology’s rising stars in the UK

    The United Kingdom has faced some tough economic times in the past 10 years, but the technology industry has remained strong throughout. The tech sector has played a key role in helping the economy bounce back from the recessions of 2008–2009 and 2011–2012. Nationwide, IT industry employment...
  • Blog Post: Reproducible research: are we there yet?

    “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Sir Isaac Newton Standing on the shoulders of giants is a metaphor we often use to describe how research advances. More than an aphorism, it is a mindset that we ingrain in students when they start graduate...
  • Blog Post: FetchClimate—harnessing the cloud to find and share environmental data

    Scientists around the world are striving tirelessly to monitor and model the environment—to understand the intricate workings of our ecosystem—so that policymakers can make informed decisions that lead to a sustainable future for “spaceship Earth.” This research involves using...
  • Blog Post: Learn to tell stories with data at the Excel for Research webinar

    We hear a lot these days about “data science,” but what is it, exactly? Data collection, data management, data wrangling, big data, broad data—these are all pieces of the data-science puzzle. One view is that data science is all about telling stories—with data. However, the...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing for environmental science webinar airs December 17

    Preserving biodiversity, understanding animals’ social interactions, and predicting droughts: these are all key research areas for ecologists and environmental scientists. And like so many areas of research these days, they are all data intensive and thus potential beneficiaries of cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Scale out your research with virtual machines: Windows Azure webinar

    Researchers often ask us, “What’s the easiest way to get started with cloud computing?” Cloud computing can seem daunting, but Windows Azure makes it easier than ever to analyze and manage large datasets in the cloud. Want to know more? Then please join us tomorrow (December 4 or December...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the cloud to researchers around the world and online

    These have been impressive days for European research, highlighted by last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . Both are stunning examples of thousands of researchers collaborating...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Fusion Boosts Kinect for Windows SDK Update

    On Monday, March 18, 2013, Microsoft rolled out the latest release of the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK). This represents the largest update to the technology since the SDK was first commercially released in February last year, and it includes the Kinect Fusion technology that originated...
  • Blog Post: Initiative Celebrates Industry-Academia Collaboration

    Snow fell across the United Kingdom on January 18, 2013, but it was not about to deter some of Microsoft Research’s leading visionaries from making their way from the brand new Cambridge lab down to University College London (UCL). They headed to UCL for a special day that would commemorate the...
  • Blog Post: Try F#—Data Console to Big and Broad Data

    Today, we are excited to announce the latest release of Try F# , a set of resources that makes it easy to learn and program with F# in your browser. It’s available over a wide range of platforms and doesn’t require a download of Microsoft Visual Studio. Try F# quickly reveals the value of...
  • Blog Post: Try Try F#

    We’re happy to announce that the beta release of the new Try F# has arrived! We’re proud of this new release, and with good reason: Try F# makes programming in F# 3.0 easy to learn, simple to use, and straightforward to share—all through the browser. F# 3.0 is ideal for analytical...
  • Blog Post: Mapping Endangered Species

    What do the California condor, the snow leopard, and the Wollemi pine have in common? They’ve all made the least desirable position on one of the nature’s most important lists: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . Now, what do Microsoft and the Zoological Society of London have in common...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in Collaboration

    The Microsoft Faculty Summit celebrates the ongoing collaboration of Microsoft Research and the academic community, providing a forum for leading faculty members and Microsoft personnel to collectively discuss the future of computing and its applications in solving real-world problems. This productive...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Processing Software Gets a Boost in Barcelona

    Question : What precocious five-year old is writing parallel code to make the most efficient use of multi-core processors? Answer : The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)–Microsoft Research Centre in Barcelona, Spain, also known as BSCMSRC by those who enjoy trying to pronounce acronyms that...
  • Blog Post: Creating Better Software for Next-Generation Computer Architectures

    Computers are everywhere, controlling everything from phones and traffic lights to airplanes and buildings. And inside each computer is software: line after line of complex code that tells the program, and any attached hardware, what to do. It’s amazing how the world has come to rely on software...
  • Blog Post: Top Students Descend on Microsoft Research Cambridge

    With the academic year drawing to a close, Microsoft Research Cambridge was delighted to welcome more than 60 doctoral students for the sixth PhD Summer School at the end of June 2011. Participants came from as far afield as Israel and Russia, numerous European countries, and locales across the UK. It...
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