Don Lindsay of Microsoft Live Labs - Interview

If you think of all the innovative, cool and realistic technologies Microsoft has shown to the public in the past year or two, Photosynth would easily top that list. That’s pretty amazing for a research group that’s only been existent in Microsoft for just two years. Anyone who follows this blog knows just how excited […]

If you think of all the innovative, cool and realistic technologies Microsoft has shown to the public in the past year or two, Photosynth would easily top that list. That’s pretty amazing for a research group that’s only been existent in Microsoft for just two years. Anyone who follows this blog knows just how excited I am about Photosynth and Seadragon.

I got in touch with Don Lindsay, director for design at Microsoft Live Labs to find out a little about the history and what is going on behind the scenes. Don also shares a little about his interesting past and contributions to the next version of Windows.

Long: What is Microsoft Live Labs and when was it formed? How does it compare to Microsoft Research?

Don: Microsoft Live Labs is an applied research organization focused on the incubation of innovative, internet-centric technologies to accelerate the evolution of Microsoft’s internet products and services. We collaborate with other groups at Microsoft and with external industry and academic research labs to fulfill our mission. The creation of Live Labs was announced in January, 2006.

Whereas Microsoft Research primarily focuses on pure or experimental research, releasing technology previews to the community for feedback is not necessarily an end-goal of their efforts. Essentially Live Labs acts as the middle ground between Microsoft product groups and Microsoft Research.

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