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Microsoft Research Fast Facts
  • Microsoft Research opened in 1991. When Microsoft opened its first research lab on the company’s Redmond, Wash., campus in 1991, it became one of the first software companies to create its own computer science research organization.
  • Spans multiple research areas around the world. Microsoft Research has more than 1,000 scientists and engineers advancing the state-of-the-art of computer science in more than 55 research areas.
  • Labs around the world. Microsoft researchers are located in labs worldwide, including Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; New York City; Cambridge, U.K.; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. Microsoft Research also conducts research at Advanced Technology Labs in Egypt, Germany and Israel, and at a lab focused on quantum computing research in Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Collaboration with the best and brightest. Microsoft researchers collaborate with the world’s foremost researchers in academia, industry and government to advance research across nearly every field of computer science, engineering and general science.
  • Strives to emulate the academic environment. Microsoft researchers work in an open research environment similar to that found on university campuses, exchanging ideas and technical insights with colleagues and collaborators to advance the state of the art.
  • Deep influence and reach contribute to all Microsoft products. Virtually every product Microsoft ships today has been influenced by the work of Microsoft Technology & Research. A dedicated technology transfer team helps bridge the long-range research and near-term product development functions within the company.
  • Product incubations. Microsoft Technology & Research collaborates with several product incubation teams to deliver cutting-edge technologies. These groups bring together researchers and engineers to incubate and rapidly prototype new technologies and services.
  • Sharing results to contribute to the industry. By licensing intellectual property generated from its research efforts, Microsoft Technology & Research helps advance the industry. Additionally, Microsoft researchers contribute to conferences by writing and presenting papers, giving workshops, and serving as program chairs and reviewers.
  • Scholarly achievements. Microsoft researchers have published more than 10,000 peer-reviewed publications. Many of these papers have received best-paper awards and are considered agenda-setting in their fields of research.
  • Intern opportunities. Microsoft Technology & Research hosts more than 800 interns at its worldwide labs annually. Interns apply research and theory to practice, while working with world renowned researchers and networking with fellow PhD students from around the world.
  • Honors and awards. Numerous prestigious national and international honors have been bestowed on Microsoft researchers. Among those honored are five researchers, Tony Hoare, Butler Lampson, Jim Gray, Charles Thacker and Leslie Lamport, who have received the ACM A.M. Turing Award, generally recognized as the highest distinction in computer science, or the "Nobel Prize of computing," and Michael Freedman, who heads the organization's Station Q Lab focused on quantum computing research, who is a recipient of the Fields Medal, the highest honor a mathematician can receive, or what's considered the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics."

About Microsoft Research

Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 1,000 brilliant scientists and engineers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state of the art of computing, help fuel the long-term growth of Microsoft and its products, and solve some of the world’s toughest problems through technological innovation. Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to seven countries worldwide and brings together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on an array of unique talents and interests. Microsoft Research operates in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; New York City; Cambridge, U.K.; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India; and also conducts research at the Advanced Technology Labs Cairo in Egypt; the Advanced Technology Labs Europe in Aachen, Germany; Advanced Technology Labs Israel; FUSE Labs in Redmond; and Station Q in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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