The New England Research and Development Center (NERD), Microsoft’s only research and development facility on the East Coast, is expanding its footprint, both physically and through technology now shipping in the company’s products. Jennifer Chayes says “she gives researchers total freedom at MSR New England, Microsoft Research’s sole center on the East Coast. And while some research projects may take a century to bear fruit, the 10 R & D teams at NERD are making contributions today to major Microsoft products such as Bing and Office 2010.”
The innovation coming out of NERD could accelerate as the company expands the facility’s footprint. In May Microsoft announced that it was leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The expansion enables Microsoft to create a campus-like work atmosphere that brings together the bulk of the company’s research and development teams in the state.