Accelerating Research and Discovery

“Computing is on the cusp of a wave of disruptive advances—manycore architecture, the client-plus-cloud platform, natural user interfaces, and quantum computing—that promise to revolutionize scientific discovery.”

— Craig Mundie, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer

Microsoft Research is dedicated to pursuing innovation through basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Basic long-term research, unconstrained by the demands of product cycles, leads to new discoveries and lays the foundation for future technology breakthroughs that can define new paradigms, such as the current move toward cloud computing and software-plus-services. Applied research focuses on the near-term goal of improving products by transferring research findings and innovative technology to development teams. By balancing basic and applied research, and by maintaining an effective bridge between the two, Microsoft Research continually advances the state of the art in computer science and redefines the computing experience for millions of people worldwide.

Microsoft Research has more than 1,100 brilliant scientists and engineers, including some of the world’s finest computer scientists, sociologists, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, working in our worldwide locations. Microsoft researchers work across more than 60 disciplines within the following areas:

  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Systems and Networking
  • Data Management and Mining
  • Design
  • Distributed Computing
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Gaming
  • Graphics and Multimedia
  • Hardware and Devices 
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Learning
  • Operating Systems
  • Search
  • Security and Privacy
  • Speech and Natural Language Processing
  • Social Science and Computing
  • Software Development
  • Theory 

Image from a research projectMicrosoft Research collaborates with the world’s foremost researchers in academia, industry, and government to move research in new directions across nearly every field of computer science, engineering, and general science. As part of that effort, Microsoft builds deep relationships with key universities worldwide to enhance teaching and learning experiences, to inspire technological innovation, and to strengthen computer-science and engineering education. Through global and regional initiatives, Microsoft aims to accelerate research and discovery and, ultimately, to help researchers and scientists address some of the most urgent and challenging societal and technological issues facing humankind.

Microsoft researchers make breakthroughs, large and small, that enable people to use computing to do more things in more places throughout their lives and to interact with technology as naturally as they do with each other. Put more simply, Microsoft Research is building the future by turning ideas into reality.