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‘Future Visions’ anthology brings together science fiction – and science fact

To the casual observer, the kind of technological breakthroughs Microsoft researchers make may seem to be out of this world.

Their research is a blueprint for the future of technology, in areas such as – but not limited to – computer vision, artificial intelligence, real-time speech translation, machine learning and quantum computing. So it’s only natural that their work can inspire others – especially those who write about other worlds. (more…)

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Microsoft at CES 2012: Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox Take Center Stage

*“Metro will drive the magic,” says Steve Ballmer as Microsoft shows off Windows 8, announces Kinect for Windows and more.*

LAS VEGAS – From ultra-thin Windows PCs to the latest Windows Phones from Nokia, there’s a sense of anticipation for the latest Microsoft tech, and nowhere is that excitement more palpable than at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.

At the Microsoft keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined host Ryan Seacrest on stage to look at the latest from Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox teams. Windows Phone’s Derek Snyder showed off the Local Scout on Windows Phone, among other features. Chief Marketing Officer, Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller played a game of “Cut the Rope” and previewed Windows 8, including the Windows Store, and Metro-inspired design features. The Xbox team demoed the latest Xbox 360 experience, including the “You Say It, Xbox Finds It” Bing integration, as well as voice and gesture recognition via Kinect. The Xbox team also showed off the two-way interactive television experience available via Kinect by playing a game with Grover on “Sesame Street.” Microsoft also announced that the Kinect for Windows SDK will be available Feb. 1. See a quick recap of all the keynote news on the Official Microsoft Blog. (more…)

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Editor’s Picks: Turning Futuristic Visions into Reality

*As we begin the New Year, a look at some of the stories of futuristic scenarios brought to life in 2011, plus developments that promise dramatic improvements in the near future.*

REDMOND, Wash. – Jan. 3, 2012 – From revolutionizing the way we interact with computers to developing tools to speed development of cures for crippling diseases, 2011 was a year of forward-thinking breakthroughs at Microsoft. See some of the innovations introduced in 2011 and how Microsoft is working to take new technologies from the lab to the living room. (more…)

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Imagine Cup Winner’s Vision Tool Could Help Millions

*A project that helps students with low vision take notes wins the U.S. Imagine Cup’s preeminent software design category.*

REDMOND, Wash. – April 12, 2011 – When David Hayden’s team won the U.S. Imagine Cup’s prestigious category Monday, it was a victory for him as a student with low vision, and for all students with reduced vision across the world.

Hayden and Team Note-Taker from Arizona State University (ASU) won the Software Design category after competing in Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup finals over the weekend. His team will advance to compete in the Imagine Cup world finals in July. (more…)

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