Azure egress fee waiver for the academic community

By Brian Hillger, Senior Director, C+E Business Planning, Microsoft Based on Microsoft’s extensive experience engaging and working with the academic community, we strongly believe that educational institutions of all types and sizes can benefit from cloud services, for research as well as for teaching and learning environments. Microsoft also understands the need for academia to…


Jeannette Wing promotes computational thinking at World Computer Congress

It’s incontrovertible that technology is changing the face of education. Today, students throughout the world conduct research online and complete their school assignments digitally. Many students have access to laptops or tablets provided by their school. But to truly realize the full educational power of the computer age, we need to move beyond mere IT…


The summer of data science

While we live and breathe data science year-round at Microsoft Research, this summer, we offered a broad range of data science education opportunities for young researchers. Participation in these events was extremely rewarding—for both the students and the organizers. Students and advisors at the National Water Center for the Summer Institute DS3 announcement leads the…


2015 Summer School inspires top PhD students

The first week of July didn’t just see the arrival of extraordinarily high temperatures across Europe—it also brought extraordinarily high energy to Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, as 81 top PhD students gathered for the tenth annual Microsoft Research Cambridge PhD Summer School. Hailing from 35 research institutions spanning 16 countries in Europe, the Middle East…


Microsoft open sources WorldWide Telescope

We are incredibly pleased to announce that the WorldWide Telescope is now open source under the MIT license and has become an independent project as part of the .NET Foundation. WorldWide Telescope began in 2007 as a Microsoft Research project, with early partners including astronomers and educators from Caltech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University…


Innovative curriculum prepares future problem-solvers in Korea

As described during a press conference on April 23, Yonsei University and Microsoft Research have joined hands to develop the first computational thinking (CT) curriculum in Korea. Designed to nurture innovation and problem-solving, the curriculum aims to prepare talented students to employ computational thinking for the betterment of society. Students at Yonsei’s International Campus at…


Exposing young people to linguistics

How did you do in your high school linguistics courses? What? Your high school didn’t offer any linguistics classes? Well, you’re not alone; it’s difficult to find any secondary school in the world that formally teaches linguistics. As a scientist, I find that unfortunate. It means that countless bright, inquisitive young people are never exposed…


Code Hunt: creating a community with a game

Launched a year ago, Code Hunt is a coding game that challenges players first to deduce a hidden problem from clues presented as unit tests and then to write a program to solve it. The game has been enormously successful, attracting more than 150,000 players from around the world and achieving amazing stickiness—99 percent of…


Microsoft Azure helps build a smart campus

As any student can tell you, university life can be stressful. Many freshmen find it difficult to adjust during their first months on campus. In addition, students who come from families with limited income may worry about living within their restricted budget. It’s no surprise, then, that many anxiety-ridden students develop poor eating and sleeping…


Dreaming big at SXSWedu

I am totally psyched to be here in Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu), a spinoff of the world-famous SXSW festivals of music, interactive, and film. I’m excited not only because it’s a chance to hear some great music and eat some unbelievable food. What really has me excited is the opportunity to…