REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 22, 2009 —
As we close out 2009 and get ready for 2010, the editorial team of Microsoft PressPass has compiled below our selection of the most interesting stories we ran over the past year about Microsoft people and technologies.
March 24 — Since its public beta release in May 2008, WorldWide Telescope has garnered rave reviews in the press, support from educators and scientists across the globe, two award nominations, and nearly 2 million regular users.
April 6 — Prototype applications based on Microsoft Surface show potential to improve patient-doctor interactions, help children rehabilitate, and manage disasters.
April 7 — Microsoft HealthVault and Microsoft Amalga will give the hospital’s patients unprecedented online access to medical information.
July 16 — The Project Trident workflow system greatly simplifies data-intensive research by allowing researchers in any discipline to build their own custom computer experiments without relying on computer scientists to write them from scratch.
Aug. 13 — Microsoft Hohm helps consumers reduce their energy consumption so utilities can better manage demand and power generation.
Sept. 17 — Microsoft Tag technology is an updated mobile bar code that turns phones into marketing devices for publishers, retailers, consumer goods makers, and the hospitality industry.
Oct. 16 — Using satellites and powerful computing tools, Jeff Dozier has gained a deep understanding of the role snowfall and snowmelt play in creating healthy ecosystems.
Oct. 22 — See scenes from around the world as Microsoft launched the much-anticipated Windows 7 operating system. From New York to Paris to Tokyo, customers turned out to view and try out the product on a wide array of new computer hardware.
Oct. 28 — The Speech at Microsoft group is integrating voice technology into some of Microsoft’s best-known applications, revolutionizing how people interact with their computers and mobile devices.
Nov. 5 — See highlights from Microsoft Chief Research & Strategy Officer Craig Mundie’s tour of four U.S. universities where he discussed how science and technology are solving big world problems.
Nov. 17 — Built on Microsoft cloud services technologies, NASA’s interactive “citizen-science” Web service lets anyone explore the Red Planet up close, while also contributing to Mars missions.
Dec. 2 — Bing Maps is launching features that give users a new view of the planet, including a Streetside and enhanced aerial view. The new features incorporate key Microsoft research and technology such as Photosynth and Silverlight.