Microsoft Research Asia

Microsoft Research Asia

Microsoft Research Asia

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Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft’s fundamental research arm in the Asia Pacific region, was founded on November 5, 1998. In 2004, Technology Review named Microsoft Research Asia “the hottest computer lab in the world”.

Over its ten-year history, Microsoft Research Asia has grown into an organization that employs over 350 researchers and engineers, has used more than 2,500 interns, has awarded over 230 Microsoft fellowships, has published over 1,500 papers for top international journals and conferences, and has achieved many technological breakthroughs.

Technologies from Microsoft Research Asia have had an influence not only within Microsoft but also on the broader community. Over 200 innovations from the lab have been transferred to Microsoft products, including Office XP, Office System 2003, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Xbox, MSN, Windows Live and our company’s latest releases – Windows Vista and Office 2007. In addition, technologies from the lab have been adopted by international standards bodies such as MPEG4 (error-resilient video transmission), IETF (TCP/IP header compression), and ITU/ISO (video-compression technology).

Many of these successes are the result of an ambitious research agenda that boils down to five areas central to Microsoft’s long-term vision and strategy:

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