Microsoft Research Ltd

Microsoft Research Ltd

The Microsoft Research Cambridge laboratory was set up in July 1997 and was Microsoft Corporation's first research laboratory established outside the United States. Today, 100 researchers, mostly from Europe, are engaged in computer research at the lab.

Address: 21 Station Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB1 2FB
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Founder Member

During the development of Microsoft Research Cambridge a simple guiding principle is adhered to in all its work - seek innovations that make software easier to develop, systems more effective and computers more useful.

Research carried out at Microsoft Research Cambridge will be at the forefront of these developments, helping to advance the state-of-the-art in computing and will play a significant role in delivering Microsoft's long stated commitment to innovation.

Research at the Cambridge facility focuses primarily on programming languages, security, information retrieval, machine learning, computer vision, operating systems and networking. MSR Cambridge maintains close links with the University of Cambridge, including the Computer Laboratory, the Engineering Department and the Statistical Laboratory.


The team leading Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts

The future is quantum: Microsoft releases free preview of Quantum Development Kit

So you want to learn how to program a quantum computer. Now, there’s a toolkit for that.

14 December 2017Read in full

Microsoft researchers on what to expect in 2017 and 2027

17 for ’17: Microsoft researchers on what to expect in 2017 and 2027

Seventeen women from within Microsoft’s global research organisation give their views on what’s likely to occur in their fields in 2017, and tell us what’s likely happen 10 years from now...

7 December 2016Read in full

How Microsoft and Novartis created Assess MS

From gaming system to medical breakthrough: how Microsoft and Novartis created Assess MS

When Microsoft released the Kinect system for playing Xbox video games about five years ago, it attracted the interest of an unlikely source: the healthcare company Novartis.

12 February 2016Read in full

From AI and data science to cryptography: Microsoft researchers offer 16 predictions for 2016

Microsoft publishes a collection of predictions from 16 leaders and leading thinkers within its Technology and Research organisation.

9 December 2015Read in full

Zuzana Kukelova

Researcher honoured for advancing computer vision and other engineering applications

Zuzana Kukelova was quite the troublemaker in her youth. In fact, in elementary school she was always getting kicked out of math class.

27 October 2015Read in full

Chris Bishop. Photo credit: Ed Miller

Chris Bishop begins role as new director of Microsoft Research Cambridge

Chris Bishop loved chemistry as a child, studied physics at university, worked in fusion research in his first job, then went on to become an expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

2 September 2015Read in full

Microsoft researcher Jamie Shotton

Microsoft researcher Jamie Shotton receives MIT Tech Review young innovator honour

Jamie Shotton was just starting his career in computer vision at Microsoft Research Cambridge when some colleagues from the company's Redmond offices came to the UK lab with a challenge.

25 August 2015Read in full

2015 Microsoft Summer School inspires top PhD students

2015 Microsoft 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.

28 July 2015Read in full

Microsoft researcher Don Syme honoured with silver medal from Royal Academy of Engineering

Microsoft researcher Don Syme honoured with silver medal from Royal Academy of Engineering

Many programmers recognise Don Syme's name, but even more are influenced daily by his research and development. After all, Syme, a principal researcher in Microsoft's Cambridge lab, has helped to develop and influence features of popular computer languages used by millions of programmers, C# in particular.

1 July 2015Read in full

Lockbox in the cloud: Microsoft research project reveals new method for keeping data private

Microsoft researchers have created a new system that keeps data stored in the cloud safe from prying eyes or malicious players even when it is being accessed to make calculations

19 May 2015Read in full

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Structured light: Seeing less to see more in optical microscopy

18 Mar 2019Microsoft Research, 21 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2FB

Microsoft Research is delighted to announce the inaugural talk in a new series of public lectures at our lab near Cambridge Station. On Monday 18 March at 4:00pm Mark Neil, Professor of Photonics at Imperial College London, will talk about “Structured light: seeing less to see more in optical microscopy”.