The company wants to turn great ideas into great products more quickly
What is it?
Have a guess. In a rare outbreak of jargon-free clarity from the company, Microsoft’s research division is called Microsoft Research (http://research.microsoft.com). Hallelujah!
Wait - Microsoft actually researches its products?
Now, now. Windows may not always work perfectly, but it’s not through a lack of testing. Since Bill Gates set it up in 1991 Microsoft Research has grown to employ more than 1,000 researchers and engineers around the world, in cities including Cambridge, New York, Beijing and Munich. Projects involve all aspects of computing, from artificial intelligence to speech recognition. But things are about to change.