23 Jan '15, 2pm

Former Microsoft Researchers Find New Homes at VMWare, Google, Apple, and Elsewhere

Former Microsoft Researchers Find New Homes at VMWare, Google, Apple, and Elsewhere

In September 2014, Microsoft suddenly shut down its Silicon Valley research lab , cutting loose 50-plus top researchers, most involved in working on developing new algorithms for distributed computing, security, and privacy. It came as a sad shock to the employees, many of who were involved in long-term projects. The scientific community was outraged: in an open letter to Microsoft executives in October, researchers around the country blasted Microsoft for the timing of its move, that is, after the start of an academic year, making it tough for the laid-off researchers to move over to academia. But it turns out there are lots of places eager to support a researcher who just might make a breakthrough that could blast through some of the bottlenecks in computing today. Using Linked In and other public sources of data, this week, about four months after the lab closed, I chec...

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