Microsoft Research Fast Facts

 February 2013

  • When Microsoft Corp. 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.
  • Over the past 20 years, Microsoft Research has evolved into an organization with more than 1,100 brilliant scientists and engineers, studying more than 55 areas of research. Microsoft Research has expanded globally to ensure it can attract the richest pool of talent with labs worldwide, including Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; New York City; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. Microsoft Research also conducts research at the Advanced Technology Labs Cairo in Egypt; Advanced Technology Labs Europe in Aachen, Germany; Advanced Technology Labs Israel; FUSE Labs; and Station Q in Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • 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.
  • Virtually every product Microsoft ships today has been influenced by the work of Microsoft Research. A dedicated technology transfer team helps bridge the long-range research and near-term product development functions within the company.
  • Microsoft Research collaborates with several product incubation teams to deliver cutting-edge technologies. These groups bring together top-notch researchers and product teams to incubate and rapidly prototype new technologies and services.
  • By licensing intellectual property generated from its research efforts, Microsoft Research is able to help startup organizations and other high-growth companies expand their businesses and drive innovation across the industry.
  • Microsoft researchers contribute to conferences by writing and presenting papers, giving workshops, and serving as program chairs and reviewers.
  • Microsoft Research has published more than 6,000 peer-reviewed publications. Many of these papers have received best-paper awards and are considered agenda-setting in the field of research.
  • Microsoft Research hosted more than 800 interns at its worldwide labs in 2011.
  • The diversity of scientists represented at Microsoft Research, including mathematicians, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists and medical doctors, is an important component in generating unparalleled innovation and finding answers to computer science’s greatest challenges.
  • Prestigious national and international honors bestowed on Microsoft researchers include the George Gonthier Award given by the EADS Foundation, Steven Anson Coons Award and Computer Graphics Achievement Award given by the Association for Computing Machinery, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Award, MacRobert Award given by the Royal Academy of Engineering, National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the A.M. Turing Award given by the Association for Computing Machinery, the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Fields Medal given by the International Mathematical Union, the IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award and a British knighthood, just to name a few.
  • Microsoft 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.

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 1,100 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; Mountain View, Calif.; 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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