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Microsoft Research Shows More Than It Ships?

I've been a defender of Microsoft Research and the billions that the company spends exploring the computing envelope. Other journalists haven't been as kind, taking the division to task for not turning its research into leading-edge products we all can use.

The more I hear about Microsoft Research demos that are all show and no product, the more I start to agree. While there's a place for pure research, other companies -- such as startups -- research, develop, then ship!

Last week, Microsoft Research held a Faculty Summit where it showed off new pen and search technology, as well as speakers that can isolate two different sounds in a single room (so you can watch the hockey game while your spouse listens to "Days of Our Lives," or vice versa). Oh, and don't forget the robot that uses an old cell phone as its brain.

I'm still a fan of Microsoft Research, but would be an even bigger supporter if I could use some of its inventions. What say you? What do you want to see Microsoft invent? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/23/2007 at 1:15 PM


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