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Microsoft Research (MSR) is a division of Microsoft created in 1991 for researching various computer science topics and issues. It currently employs Turing Award winners C.A.R. Hoare and Butler Lampson, Fields Medal winner Michael Freedman, MacArthur Fellow Jim Blinn, Dijkstra Prize winner Leslie Lamport and many other highly recognized experts in computer science, physics, and mathematics, including Jim Gray up until his highly publicized disappearance while sailing.

Research areas

MSR research is categorized into the following broad areas:

  1. Algorithms and theory
  2. Hardware development
  3. Human–computer interaction
  4. Machine learning, adaptation, and intelligence
  5. Multimedia and graphics
  6. Search, retrieval, and knowledge management
  7. Security and cryptography
  8. Social computing
  9. Software development
  10. Systems, architectures, mobility, and networking
  11. Computational and Systems Biology

One of the stated goals of Microsoft Research is to "support long-term computer science research that is not bound by product cycles." MSR sponsors the Microsoft Research Fellowship for graduate students and the New Faculty Fellowship for new faculty members.


There are laboratories around the world in Bangaloremarker; Beijing; Cambridgemarker; Cambridge, Massachusettsmarker; Mountain Viewmarker; Redmondmarker; and San Franciscomarker.

  • Microsoft Research Redmond was founded on the Microsoft Redmond campus in 1991 working in buildings 112 and 113 and has now moved to their own facility in building 99. It currently has about 350 researchers and is headed by Rico Malvar.
  • Microsoft Research Cambridge was founded in 1997 by Roger Needham and now numbers over 100 employees. It maintains close ties to the University of Cambridgemarker.
  • Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) was founded in Beijing in November 1998. Advanced Technology Center was initially a group of MSRA until it became an independent R&D group of Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, located in Mountain View, Californiamarker, was founded in August 2001. In January 2006, the Silicon Valley lab merged with Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center (BARC) in San Francisco.
  • Microsoft Research India was established in January 2005 in Bangaloremarker and headed by Dr. P.Anandan.
  • Microsoft Research New England was established in 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusettsmarker.


Microsoft Research also collaborates with and jointly operate research centers at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Brown Universitymarker, Carnegie Mellon Universitymarker, INRIA, Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker, and the University of Trentomarker. There are also nine jointly-operated labs in China and Hong Kong.

Microsoft Research also supports research centers at many other universities.

Published work at SIGGRAPH

Historically, Microsoft has performed well in having research papers accepted at the prestigious ACM SIGGRAPH conference, having contributed since 2002 on average 14% of the papers published.

Microsoft Acceptance rates at ACM SIGGRAPH since 2002
Year Total papers MSR Papers
2008 90 13 (14%)
2007 108 14 (13%)
2005 86 16 (17%)
2004 83 10 (16%)
2003 83 11 (10%)
2002 67 7 (11%)
Total 517 71 (14%)
Mean 86 12 (14%)

Research projects

See also


  1. Research Areas
  2. Microsoft Research Overview
  3. BSC-Microsoft Research Centre
  4. Microsoft Research INIRIA Joint Centre
  5. Microsoft to create research center at CMU - Pittsburgh Business Times
  6. Microsoft, CMU team up - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  7. Microsoft's East Coast alliance - The Boston Globe
  8. Research
  9. SIGGRAPH 2008 Advanced Program
  10. Microsoft Research Presenting 13 Technical Papers At SIGGRAPH
  11. SIGGRAPH 2007, Papers
  12. New papers launched at Siggraph
  13. SIGGRAPH 2007: Microsoft Research Leads the Way
  14. Internal code-name, not directly related to the official, Windows SideShow auxiliary display feature in Windows Vista.

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