February is a time when many of us seek ways to improve and change for the better while refining elements that already work. The spirit of evolution doesn’t have to stop at the individual level, however. I’m pleased to announce that, starting today, our organization will go by a name that better reflects who we are: Microsoft Research Connections.
While our name is changing, our commitment to our previously established charter remains strong. Microsoft Research Connections is dedicated to supporting those who dream the impossible—inventing a better world one idea at a time. We build partnerships with the world’s leading computer scientists and researchers. In the computer science world, we collaborate with the academic community in critical fields that will shape the future of computing-including parallel programming, software engineering, and natural user interfaces.
Microsoft Research Connections will continue to:
- Collaborate with and support the inspiring work of the world’s top academic researchers and institutions.
- Establish partnerships and develop technologies that fuel data-intensive scientific research to help solve some of the most urgent global challenges.
- Extend the Microsoft platform to the academic community so that the scientific community can use it to build and innovate.
- Provide fellowships, grants, and awards to help foster the next generation of world-class scientists who are critical to the future of scientific discovery.
We are committed to doing all this and more in the coming year. But now, our name truly reflects who we are, what we do, and where we are going in the future.
—Tony Hey, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Research Connections Division of Microsoft Research