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Achieve research results faster and more accurately, and improve your productivity with free research accelerators from Microsoft Research Connections.
This page lists just a few of the free tools and technologies that we make available to the public. Check out these research accelerators and see how they can help you be more productive with your research, enrich your academic experience, and help you accomplish more on the job.
An innovative tool for scientific authoring, publishing, teaching, and learning, the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables you to explore the universe from your computer. It aggregates astronomical data and imagery from the largest space- and ground-based telescopes in the world, combined with 3-D navigation, providing an interactive platform for astronomical research and science education. By using the Guided Tour feature, you can research your own data and visualize it by using data and images in WWT, as well as video, audio, and art clips, and then create a tour to share with others.
Semantic Computing Technologies
Microsoft researchers in machine learning and artificial intelligence are working with Microsoft Bing and Microsoft SQL Azure to promote language models and semantic services for interacting with data in rich, safe, and semantically meaningful ways, exposing the path from data to information, knowledge, and intelligence.
In partnership with universities around the world, Project Hawaii enables students to develop inventive cloud-enhanced mobile applications by using Windows Phone for accessing a set of innovative cloud services, and Windows Azure for computation and data storage. Project Hawaii provides the tools, services, and mobile-plus-cloud platforms that students need to create their applications. The Project Hawaii Services SDK is available for download by student and researcher project participants.
Kinect for Windows SDK
The Kinect for Windows SDK is a programming toolkit that enables developers to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition by using the Kinect for Windows sensor and a PC or embedded device. The SDK provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
ChronoZoom makes time relationships between different studies of history clear and vivid and provides a framework for exploring related electronic resources. This "master timeline" enables scholars and scientists to bring together graphically a wide range of data sets from various disciplines and to search for connections and causal relationships that better explain the universe and our world.
Microsoft Web N-gram Services
Available via a cloud-based platform, the Web N-gram services help you drive discovery and innovation in web search, natural language processing, speech, and related areas by conducting research on real-world, web-scale data, by taking advantage of regular data updates for projects that benefit from dynamic data.
Formerly known as Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF), this language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit is built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework—initially aimed at the area of Genomics research. It implements parsers for common bioinformatics file formats; algorithms for manipulating DNA, RNA, and protein sequences; and connectors to biological web services such as NCBI BLAST. .NET Bio is available under an open-source license.