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Research labs worldwide

Microsoft Research Redmond

Redmond, Washington, USA
Established 1991

Managing Director:
Eric Horvitz

The bulk of Microsoft researchers work out of the Redmond, Washington campus focusing on research areas such as theory, machine learning and security and privacy, among others. Being near the product teams at Microsoft proved valuable in the early days, and that remains true today.

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Microsoft Research Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Established 1997

Laboratory Director:
Christopher Bishop


The Cambridge lab conducts basic computer science research on a wide variety of topics, including machine learning, security, and information retrieval, and maintains close ties to the University of Cambridge and the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

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Microsoft Research Asia

Beijing, China
Established 1998
Managing Director:
Hsiao-Wuen Hon

By attracting the best talent from Asia and across the globe, Microsoft Research Asia has expanded rapidly and grown into a world-class research laboratory with more than 200 researchers and developers and more than 300 visiting scientists and students, whose focus includes natural user interfaces, next-generation multimedia, data-intensive computing, search and online advertising, and computer science fundamentals.

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Advanced Technology Labs Europe

Munich, Germany
Established 2003
Francois Dumas 

Advanced Technology Labs Europe connects closely with European industry to incubate, validate, and deliver technologies that provide substantial, near-term impact. Research group focus includes computer systems and networking, machine learning, and hardware and devices.

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Microsoft Research India

Bangalore, India
Established January 2005
Managing Director:
Chandu Thekkath

The lab conducts long-term research in many areas of computer science including theory, data sciences, systems, networks, programming languages, natural languages, machine learning, and technology for emerging markets.

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Microsoft Research Station Q

Santa Barbara, California, USA
Established 2005

Managing Director:
Michael Freedman


Located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Station Q's collaborators explore theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the quantum analog of the traditional bit -- the qubit. The group is led by Dr. Michael Freedman, a renowned mathematician who has won the prestigious Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics.

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Advanced Technology Labs Cairo

Cairo, Egypt
Established 2006
Hussein Salama

Cairo is an applied research lab with focus on explorations and incubations in the areas of natural language, information retrieval, and mobile multimedia, with a high impact potential on Microsoft's products and services. The lab leverages its location in Egypt to establish joint applied research programs with leading research institutes in Egypt and the Middle East and to focus its R&D on opportunities to improve the Internet usage experience in the region.

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Microsoft Research New England

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Established July 2008

Managing Director:
Jennifer Chayes


The New England lab builds on Microsoft's commitment to collaborate with the broader research community and pursues new, interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer scientists and social scientists to understand, model, and enable the computing and online experiences of the future.

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Future Social Experience (FUSE) Labs

Redmond, Washington, USA
Established 2009
General Manager:
Lili Cheng 
Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs was founded as a consolidation of three previously independent research initiatives—the Creative Systems Group, the Startup Lab, and the Rich Media Lab. FUSE Labs is an applied research-and-development team that designs, develops, and releases applications and services that provide new social, real-time, media-rich experiences for home and work, thereby connecting you to the people, information, and ideas that matter most.

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Advanced Technology Labs Israel

Herzelia, Israel
Established 2011
Adi Diamant

Advanced Technology Labs Israel is a unique group of engineers, researchers, and user experience (UX) designers who focus on providing new ways to interact, explore, and enhance the online experience. The lab works with product and research teams to ideate, develop, and implement new technologies and solutions for online services, computer vision, natural user interfaces, and social data mining.

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Microsoft Research New York City

New York City, New York, USA
Established May 2012

Managing Director:
Jennifer Chayes

The New York City lab collaborates with academia and other Microsoft Research labs to advance the state of the art in computational and behavioral social sciences, computational economics and prediction markets, machine learning, and information retrieval.

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Editor's note: Microsoft Research Silicon Valley was closed in September 2014. Founded in August 2001, the lab's primary focus was on distributed computing and included privacy, security, protocols, fault-tolerance, large-scale systems, concurrency, computer architecture, Internet search and services, and related theory. Research in these areas continues in other Microsoft Research labs around the world.