To invent & research technologies that make Microsoft’s networks, services and devices indispensable to the world
The Mobility and Networking Research (MNR) Group focusses on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems and mobile computing. Researchers build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, publish software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product groups.
MSR's Spectrum Observatory Thinktank Event (August 6, 2014)
Ratul receives the SIGCOMM 2014 Test of Time Paper Award (July 8, 2014)
Hongqiang ("Harry") Liu joins MNR as a PostDoc Researcher (July 7, 2014
George receives the SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contributions (July 3, 2014)
Albert receives the 2015 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (June 22, 2014)
Seven papers accepted in SIGCOMM 2014 (May 1, 2014)
Jitu to serve as SIGCOMM 2015 TPC Co-Chair (April 29, 2014)
MNR Symposium: New Results in Networking Research (Dec. 5, 2013)
Meg Walraed-Sullivan joins MNR as a PostDoc Researcher (Nov. 14, 2013)
Victor's SIGMOBILE 2013 OCA Award Talk (October 21, 2013)
Aakanksha Chowdhery joins MNR as a PostDoc Researcher (Oct. 7, 2013)
Ganesh Ananthanarayanan joins MNR (Sept. 9, 2013)
Ratul to serve as PC Co-Chair of NSDI 2014 (April 2-4, 2014)
Hosting Blazing Fast Services: From 1 Core to 1M Cores (July 15, 2013)
George receives the 2014 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award (July 2, 2013)
We won the MobiSys 2013 Best Paper Award (June 27, 2013)
|Finding More Space in Spectrum
|Bahl Awarded SIGMOBILE’s Top Honor
|Big Advances in Data-Center Networking
|Bahl Achieves Alma Mater’s Distinction
|Multiplayer Gaming for Smartphones
|Tuning Smartphone Performance
|Using Wi-Fi to Boost 3G Capacity
|Providing Private Packet Analysis
|Trying to Cure PC Insomnia
|Troubleshooting Small Networks
Hiring: We are always on the look out for both senior and fresh graduates. If you are interested and would like to apply for a position please fill out an application via our central site.
Product group impact comes in many forms - consultation, design wins, code transfer, people transfer etc. Here are some examples:
- Microsoft’s Wide Area Software Defined Network
- XBOX One Wireless Controller Protocol
- Service Graphs for Large-Scale Network Diagnostics to XBOX Live
- Mileage data attribution to Windows Phone 8
- Network Failure Recovery in Data Centers to Bing
- Support for Security Features in Windows ARM to Windows
- Virtual Wi-Fi in Windows 7 to Windows
- Fully Configurable Windows Azure Software Load Balancer\
- Partitioning and Recovery Service in Live Mesh
- Centrifuge/PRS in Windows Live Messenger
- DNS optimization in Bing
""We focus on inventing highly efficient networked systems and new end-user mobile experiences. We go after hard unsolved problems by embarking on high-risk, high-reward projects where success is not guaranteed. Our goal is to move the dial and pave new paths for the research community and to have a positive impact on Microsoft products while having lots of fun along the way."
Victor Bahl, Director, Mobility & Networking Research
Sample Technology Licensing
Visit www.microsoft.com/iplicensing for licensing information.
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) Hot Spot Network Access: Package includes five technologies: Global Authentication; Network Admission; Traffic Gateway; Client Module and Policy Manager.
Wi-Fi Location Determination: Technology to locate a wireless client by pattern matching the measured signal strength from multiple wireless access points against a database of previously collected signal strength.
- Cellphone Power Management: Technology that leverages the cellular radio to wake-up the Wi-Fi radio on SmartPhones, Laptops, and NetBooks.
- Virtual WiFi: Technology that abstracts a single Wireless LAN card to appear as multiple virtual Wireless LAN cards to the user/OS.
- Mesh Connectivity: Ad-hoc routing and link quality measurement for mesh networks as a loadable software driver.
- Undelivered or Delayed e-mail Notification System: An alerting technology for users when e-mails sent to them have been delayed or lost.
High Performance Internet Connectivity in Moving Vehicles A set of protocols, algorithms, and mechanisms that enable moving clients to transmit data packets on the wireless link that offers the fastest delivery, which minimizes application traffic delays..
- Fast Wi-Fi Hand-off to Diversified Base Stations: Technology that opportunistically exploits base station diversity to minimize connection disruptions while supporting interactive applications for moving Wi-FI enabled clients.
- Smart Antenna: Low cost directional antenna technology designed for increasing the range, throughput, and consistency of 802.11 networks
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- Ratul receives the SIGCOMM 2014 Test of Time Paper Award
- George receives the ACM SIGCOMM 2014 Award
- Albert receives the 2015 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award
- Jitu elevated to ACM Distinguished Scientist
- Victor receives the 2013 IEEE Region 6 outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award
- George receives the 2014 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award
- Bodhi, Matthai and Victor win the Best Paper Award at MobiSys 2013
- Victor receives the 2013 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award
- Victor honored with the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Alumni Award 2012
- Microsoft Research Puts Its Stamp on NSDI ’14
Inside Microsoft Research· 1 April 2014
- Researcher Varghese Captures IEEE Kobayashi Award
Inside Microsoft Research· 5 August 2013
- Microsoft Has an Operating System for Your House
MIT Technology Review· 18 July 2013
- Lab of Things—the New Wave of Research-Device Platforms
Microsoft Research Connections Blog· 16 July 2013
- Microsoft Research Releases Top-Notch Network Speed Test App for Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone Central· 21 June 2013
- Mobile Summit 2013: Camera Tweaks Should Boost Gadget Battery Life
MIT Technology Review· 12 June 2013
- Continuous Mobile Vision Takes a Step Forward
Inside Microsoft Research· 12 June 2013
- A Wireless Road Around Data Traffic Jams
The New York Times· 14 January 2012
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- Hawaii SDK
- Broom Tool Kit to Unbias Network Measurements
- Microsoft Research TCP Analyzer (x64)
- Microsoft Research TCP Analyzer (x86)
- ELDA (E-mail Loss-Detection Add-in)
- Microsoft Research Virtual WiFi
- Mesh Connectivity Layer Source
- MSR IPv6 Source Code
- MSR IPv6 Tunnel Broker
- MSR IPv6/IPv4 Translator
- SkipNet and applications