Microsoft opened the doors to its Silicon Valley research center here to show off the latest technologies it has under development. The show, called TechFair 2010 Silicon Valley, is similar to the TechFest events held at Microsoft's main Washington campus.
Microsoft Research is the home to a lot of very smart researchers with PhDs and advanced training in very esoteric technologies who don't worry about selling technology, just how to develop it; the product part comes later.
As Rick Rashid, senior vice president of research at Microsoft noted in his keynote, many key developments have come out of the software giant's research division. He said that "there isn't a product on the market today that hasn't been at least somewhat affected by Microsoft Research." This includes everything from Microsoft's Bing search engine to the Xbox to SQL Server to its new Azure cloud services.