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  • Blog Post: From Smartphone to Smart Home: Automating the Modern Home

    For baby boomers who grew up watching The Jetsons , the idea of the fully automated home was the futuristic stuff of cartoons. Today, the technology is available to make a Jetsonesque home a reality, by using inexpensive network devices that remotely control locks, lights, thermostats, cameras, and motion...
  • Blog Post: Innovation in Software Research Recognized in 2012 SEIF Awards

    Today, research in software engineering encompasses a wide range of computer science and engineering disciplines. These include systems and networking technologies, hardware design, programming languages, security, and privacy, to name a few. Microsoft Research actively engages with researchers across...
  • Blog Post: No CS Student Left Behind

    Computer Science Education Week ( CSEdWeek ), which took place this year from December 4 to 10 in the United States, is a celebration of computer science education. And while it’s a great idea to devote a week to recognizing the importance of this field, it’s a topic that demands year-round...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Cloud to a Smartphone Near You

    One of the coolest things about working in Microsoft Research is the opportunity to see what bright students can do with cutting-edge technology. Project Hawaii is a perfect example. This project, which began in January 2010, offers students the opportunity to explore how the cloud can enhance our mobile...
  • Blog Post: Software You Can See: Looking Back at the Paris Software Summit 2011

    There is a saying dating back to the days of punched cards that "the software is in the holes"—and therefore invisible. At the recent Microsoft Research Software Summit in Paris, software was anything but invisible. It was all around us and manifest in the smartphones, gadgets, and light tables...
  • Blog Post: Aloha: Text from the Cloud

    Time to celebrate: we are releasing the Hawaii OCR (optical character recognition) service this week! This OCR service is the next step in the evolution of Project Hawaii , the Microsoft Research project that is exploring how to take full advantage of the cloud to enhance the use of smartphones. With...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Phones Home

    These days, much is made of applications that run in the metaphorical cloud. Well, here's an example of hardware and software that soared through the clouds, both real and metaphorical. On March 4, the ASTRA 7, a stratospheric gas balloon carrying a mobile phone running the Windows Phone 7 operating...
  • Blog Post: Project Hawaii Students Get More Done in the Cloud: Announcing Speech to Text Service

    Back in January, I blogged about Project Hawaii , a research and academic outreach program sponsored by Microsoft Research in cooperation with 20 universities worldwide. Approximately 300 students at those universities are developing applications for Windows Phone 7 this semester as part of the program...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Project Hawaii Launches New Cloud Services

    Innovations in wireless networking technology are driving our increasingly connected world, with smartphones gaining acceptance for both professional and private use. In the future, we foresee a vast majority of smartphone apps relying on cloud services to enhance the mobile experiences. Project Hawaii...
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