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Asia Milestones


Microsoft Research Asia established in November 1998, which was formally named as Microsoft Research China until November 2001. It is located in Beijing as the second largest basic research institution besides the one in U.S.


Through research and hunt for innovations, we are in hope to eventually enable future computers to be capable of watching, listening and learning and communicate with human in natural languages. Besides, we also expect to allow computers and Internet in China and entire Asia to be used so popular, convenient and easy as they are in other countries and regions. Currently Microsoft Research Asia owns over 300 excellent research staff.


January 2004
Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang, former managing director of Microsoft Research Asia promoted to be global vice president of Microsoft, taking charge of development business of mobile communication and embedded system of Microsoft around the world. Dr. Harry Shum, former assistant managing director, succeeded to be managing director; while Dr. Zhang Hongjiang promoted to be the managing director of Advanced Technology Center of Microsoft Research Asia form the assistant managing director of Microsoft Research Asia.
September 2004
Microsoft Research Asia took “network search and mining” as the fifth important research orientation. Kurt Akeley, a master of computer graphic joined Microsoft Research Asia to be the assistant managing director.
November 2004
“Computer in the 21st Century -Computing and Society” was held in Beijing and Chengdu.
December 2004
1st anniversary of Advanced Technology Center of Microsoft Research Asia

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