Microsoft Faculty Summit to Showcase Research
In part, Microsoft is stepping up its academic outreach efforts in order to stave off potential encroachments from the open-source community.
As Microsoft Chief Financial Officer John Connors said at a New York investment conference last month: "We also see Linux being heavily used in the academic environment and increasingly being evaluated by government, particularly overseas. But to put that in a proper context, Unix has always been the environment thats been studied and used in academia. Windows has been a relatively small percentage of the use in academia."
But Microsofts interest in forging tighter academic ties is hardly a new phenomenon. Indeed, Microsoft Research (MSR), like all vendor think tanks, relies heavily on its ties with the academic community to further research projects across the spectrum.
Within MSR is a group called Learning Sciences that is looking specifically at how, when and where Microsoft can contribute to the work happening in e-Learning around the globe. This team will make several presentations at the Faculty Summit next week.
For the full story,