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TED attendees are taken on a journey of the cosmos; WorldWide Telescope and Oculus Rift power the experience

TED attendees are taken on a journey of the cosmos; WorldWide Telescope and Oculus Rift power the experience

Michael Archambault 10

Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope computing software was released in February of 2008 by the company’s Research division to display astronomical sky maps. Imagery from the software is provided by the Hubble Space Telescope along with a collection of earth-bound telescopes. The idea for the software, which was originally presented at a TED Conference, is now returning to its roots as a...

Microsoft Research releases WorldWide Telescope 5.0 - explore the cosmos with your PC

Microsoft Research releases WorldWide Telescope 5.0 - explore the cosmos with your PC

Michael Archambault 15

If you are a fan of the cosmos, than you should be well aware of Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope computing program. WorldWide Telescope allows users to fly through the known universe as astronomical sky maps and a 3D modeled environment is rendered. Originally announced at a 2008 TED Conference in California, the application still continues to be listed as “beta”, but has...

Microsoft releases official Socl app for Windows Phone to match their growing community-site

Microsoft releases official Socl app for Windows Phone to match their growing community-site

Abhishek Baxi 94

Developed by Microsoft Research FUSE Labs, Socl — pronounced social — lets you create, collect, and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, Socl gives you a creative outlet through posts that take seconds to create, collect, and share on Socl, as well as other social networks. Microsoft Research has just released the companion app for Socl for...

Microsoft Research releases top notch Network Speed Test app for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Research releases top notch Network Speed Test app for Windows Phone 8

Daniel Rubino 54

Although we now have an official SpeedTest.net app for Windows Phone, after what seemed like an eternity of not having one, options are still good for users and we like today’s new offering. The app comes by way of Microsoft Research and is simply called ‘Network Speed Test’ designed for Windows Phone 8 devices. The app is straightforward and very clean looking, with the user having to...

Climb to Everest Base Camp with IE10 and explore the effects of climate change

Climb to Everest Base Camp with IE10 and explore the effects of climate change

Michael Archambault 10

Want to experience beautiful awe inducing views of Mount Everest on your PC or Tablet? Now you can, thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with GlacierWorks. The newly launched HTML5 based site allows viewers to see the changes Mount Everest and the greater Himalayan regions have faced over the last 86 years. There is no better day to launch the project than today, the 60th anniversary of...

Microsoft shares another glimpse of the future, but you still can’t have it

Microsoft shares another glimpse of the future, but you still can’t have it

Michael Archambault 25

At TechFair 2013 in Washington D.C., Microsoft showed off an abundance of high-tech projects; the company states that the technology being designed by its research division, allows a glimpse into the future of technology. World class scientists working on the Redmond campus showed off how they could be an asset to some of society’s biggest challenges. Fred Humphries, Microsoft VP of U....

Want a quiet night out? Microsoft Research may have the answer with Bing Now for Windows Phone.

Want a quiet night out? Microsoft Research may have the answer with Bing Now for Windows Phone.

Daniel Rubino 27

Microsoft Research is both an amazing establishment and frustrating one. It’s amazing because of the work they do - the future of technology being built today! It’s frustrating though because it can take years before we see the effects of such projects in commercial applications. With that understanding, it’s curious to see what Bing Now brings to the table. Bing Now is a demonstration...

Cloud-focused GPS chip by Microsoft Research slashes smartphone battery consumption

Cloud-focused GPS chip by Microsoft Research slashes smartphone battery consumption

Rich Edmonds 49

Anyone who makes use of GPS functionality on a smartphone understands the impact such connectivity has on the limited battery supply that's packed inside the device. Unfortunately, we're not quite at the stage where 10,000mAh batteries are utilised, so Microsoft Research has been working on a cloud-powered GPS chip that will reportedly slash battery consumption on smartphones. As well...