Microsoft Quantum Challenge results are in!

By Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, Microsoft Research Throughout his life, Albert Einstein, who pioneered the theory of relativity, was skeptical about quantum computing. He was of the opinion that the quantum mechanical theory was incomplete, and was “spooky action at a distance.” How far we’ve come since then! In the last three decades,…


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…


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…


Reproducible research: are we there yet?

 “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”—Sir Isaac Newton Standing on the shoulders of giants is a metaphor we often use to describe how research advances. More than an aphorism, it is a mindset that we ingrain in students when they start graduate school: take the time to…


ChronoZoom Named Top Educational Resource at 2013 SXSW Interactive

When Microsoft Research teamed up with the University of California Berkeley to create a digital tool for exploring the history of everything, we knew we had the potential to build a killer educational app. After all, a tool that can reveal the cross-currents of history, revealing the interdependencies that cut across disciplines, geographies, and cultures,…