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Making Computers More Capable and Useful

The distinguished researchers and scientists at Microsoft Research help to shape the computing experience of millions of people worldwide. The innovations they create enhance virtually every product Microsoft releases and influence the work of many other companies.

Thanks to Microsoft Research advances ...

Computers are learning to adapt to user behavior and to anticipate human needs and preferences.

E-mail services can delete as much as 90 percent of spam before it hits users’ inboxes.

Computers automatically can reconstruct a 3-D image from a collection of 2-D photos, and it is easy to combine individual photos to create seamless collages or striking panoramas.

Hours of digital home movies can be edited quickly and easily into professional-looking episodes, with tools that automatically group together related scenes, extract key frames, and synchronize images to music.

Individuals can use their voices to search the Web on their phones and use text commands to search through audio and video.

Internet searches provide answers to questions, not just links to Web sites.

VirtualWiFi software in Windows 7 allows users to connect to multiple wireless networks at the same time, enabling them to surf the Web, play games, or perform other online tasks simultaneously.

Medical researchers are using computational biology tools and high-performance computing to accelerate their work to develop effective vaccines for complex infections and diseases such as HIV, malaria and hepatitis C.

Programmers have tools that enable them to ensure the accuracy and enhance the security of the millions of lines of code in today’s increasingly complex software.

Databases can employ probability and pattern detection to help retailers identify customer preferences and sales trends — or to enable scientists to detect the faintest undiscovered stars within millions of astronomical images.

Users can take a break from typing and instead use speech, touch, or handwriting in digital ink.

On-screen graphics are becoming so realistic that it will soon be hard for gamers to distinguish between the images on their Xbox video games and those they see outside their windows.