Intelligence from social list hashtags can power a more human search

Underneath the layer of factual information and numerical data is a deeper, more personal Internet. The online world comprises vast data and information resources and our search engines are adept at crawling through it and finding answers. But what if a user needs more than just a straightforward answer? What if the user needs insights…


The latest version of SMS Organizer reimagines mobile messaging

Machine learning and big data are revolutionizing the simplest of everyday applications and platforms. Perhaps the most conventional everyday platform is SMS. SMSes have been around since the days of the feature phone. Deeply rooted in traditional mobile computing, 800 million people use the platform daily. However, nearly 95% of these messages are spam or…

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Collaborating with IIIT-H to combat abusive language through deep learning

Winner of the Best Poster Presentation at World Wide Web (WWW) 2017 What happens when machines become a little too human?  In an attempt to learn from observing human interactions, what if a machine picks up and mimics the less savoury elements of our species? Misadventures in machine learning highlight an important problem, viz. the…


Mitigating offensive search suggestions with deep learning

Winner of the PAKDD 2017 Best Paper Award The humble search bar is the window through which most Internet users experience the web. Deep learning is set to enhance the capabilities of this simple tool such that search engines can now anticipate what the user is looking for whilst moderating offensive suggestions before the query…


OMS: Managing a hybrid cloud just got easier

Since hitting the tipping point a few years ago, public cloud use has experienced exponential growth. The cloud is now more affordable and accessible than ever before. Early concerns around security and privacy have been addressed, and the cloud is increasingly seen as a very viable and desirable alternative to running IT infrastructure on-premises. Cloud-based…


The innovations that are driving Bing's growth

A wide gap has always existed between how we talk with each other and the way we communicate with search engines. If we were to talk to search engines like regular human beings, we’d expect them to understand us at the same level too. Say, you asked a friend to suggest a nice restaurant. She…


Leveraging Cloud Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform eyecare

What if a patient has undergone an eye surgery only to discover a residual refractive error as a side effect later? While the surgery may have corrected the near-sightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, post-operative tests may show poor uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) indicating that a refractive error persists. Data recorded during patient examination has the potential…


SMS Organizer: A small but smart app from Microsoft’s Garage “ideapreneurs”

SMS has always shared a significant problem with emails – spam. SMSes are so frequent and often so frivolous, many of them go unnoticed. Some of them can be quite annoying, as Microsoft’s Garage team member Ashish Shah discovered.  Ashish frequently missed essential SMSes in a torrent of unnecessary spam. Despite his best efforts, he…

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How DevOps is changing the face of IT

The IT industry has faced a paradigm shift in the last few years. A squeeze on resources and capital has pushed organizations to transform their operations from the ground up. Organizations across the sector are dealing with intense pressure and competition while striving to deliver value. A solution to this conundrum is the confluence of…


Bringing together mobile users with Kaizala

Business success is all about efficiency. From small firms to multinational organizations, managing on-field mobile users and daily tasks effectively is usually the biggest hurdle. At Microsoft, we decided to meet this challenge head-on. The challenge was compounded by the changing nature of business in the emerging world. Mobility has reshaped the way emerging markets…

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