Product Contributions 2014


Office Lens
Office Lens, created by Microsoft Research and available for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, is one of the first apps to use the new OneNote API. Using Office Lens, once a photo is taken and uploaded to OneNote, the image is stored in the cloud. OneNote’s cloud-based optical-character-recognition software turns the words in an image into editable, searchable text. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your back pocket.

Office Mix
Office Mix from Microsoft Research enables PowerPoint presentations to become interactive online lessons—using audio or video recording of a lecture, or writing in a presentation as you would at a whiteboard, and enabling quizzing and sharing.

Power BI for Office 365
Power BI for Office 365 is a self-service business-intelligence service delivered through Office 365. Complementing Excel, Power BI arms information workers with data-analysis and -visualization capabilities, enabling them to identify deeper business insights either on premises or within a trusted cloud environment.

Office Remote app
Office Remote is an application Microsoft Research built in partnership with Microsoft Office. It turns your Windows Phone into a smart remote for Microsoft Office, providing convenient, touch-based control of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents projected from your PC.

SQL Server

A Microsoft Research collaboration led to the data-access improvements of the Hekaton component of SQL Server 2014, which has implications that improve online gaming, real-time inventory analysis, stock trading, and any scenario in which data access and indexing speed is critical to a system's performance.

Windows Phone

Word Flow
With Word Flow, researchers developed a novel user experience and a robust decoder to swipe through groups of characters, which enables much quicker texting capabilities for Windows Phone 8.1.

Cortana speech recognition
Microsoft Research has pioneered technologies for a virtual personal assistant, including speech recognition, semantic and natural language processing, dialogue modeling between human and machines, and spoken-language generation. This work has been included in Cortana's personal-assistant technology, available in Windows Phone 8.1.