Microsoft Research archive

  • WinPhone YouTube app update removes downloads to  appease Google
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    WinPhone YouTube app update removes downloads to appease Google

    By 22 May 2013

    The Windows Phone YouTube app updated on Wednesday after Google demanded Microsoft completely remove it from the Windows Phone Store.  Microsoft said it had issued the update to address Google's concerns over a video-download feature and the shortage...

  • Inside Microsoft's Edison lab: Creating a see-through computer
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    Inside Microsoft's Edison lab: Creating a see-through computer

    By 2 April 2013

    In 2009, Microsoft showed off a video in which it tried to predict the kinds of technology we would be using in the next five to ten years. One of the ideas that starts its Productivity Future Vision 2009 video is the Magic Window:  a pane of glass in...

  • Microsoft Research Kinect tweak lets you grab to click
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    Microsoft Research Kinect tweak lets you grab to click

    By 6 March 2013

    Microsoft Research has unveiled a subtle tweak to Kinect which could funamentally alter the way the system works. Essentially, Kinect can now detect when you open and close your hand, allowing you to grab and drag and drop objects using the sensor. Think...

  • Microsoft Falcon predicts the app you'll load next
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    Microsoft Falcon predicts the app you'll load next

    By 17 April 2012

    What if an app could start running before you knew you were about to load it? That's the idea behind a research project at Microsoft that is playing with the concept of launching apps it knows you are going to want to use at any given time, as if it could...

  • Microsoft Research HoloDesk amazes with virtual 3D manipulation (video)
    Gaming

    Microsoft Research HoloDesk amazes with virtual 3D manipulation (video)

    By 21 October 2011

    Microsoft Research has just posted this ace video showing off one of the latest projects to come out of its labs: a serious piece of hardware called the HoloDesk, that lets you manipulate 3D images with your hands. Pocket-lint remember being wowed in...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft's incredible face recognition tech
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    VIDEO: Microsoft's incredible face recognition tech

    By 10 March 2011

    Scary, but impressive. That's our verdict on OneVision, the video face recognition software being shown of by Microsoft Research at its TechFest event. The demo, a result of work by Microsoft boffins in Israel, can identify, tag and follow individuals,...

  • The long and winding Path of Go
    Gaming

    The long and winding Path of Go

    By 21 December 2010

    The Path of Go is a nice puzzle-based game that has just appeared in the Xbox LIVE Arcade. If you download it, it will cost you just 400 Microsoft Points. You could therefore be fooled into thinking that it is just a simple little title, knocked up in...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft's Mouse 2.0 concepts
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    VIDEO: Microsoft's Mouse 2.0 concepts

    By 6 October 2009

    Newly revealed designs from Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group and Microsoft Research bring the world five new input devices - presented as the Mouse 2.0 - that combine mousing abilities with multi-touch capabilities. "Our goal is to enrich traditional...