Five of the World’s Most Innovative Corporate Labs

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Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research is one of the oldest and largest groups of its kind, founded in 1991 and currently employing more than 1,000 scientists and engineers who focus on dozens of areas of computing. They openly collaborate with academic, government and industry researchers to advance state-of-the-art computing. Goals include advancing Microsoft and its products while solving some of the world’s toughest problems via technological innovation. Microsoft Research has branches in seven countries worldwide and employs a wide variety of the planet’s strongest research minds to bring its ideas to life. Microsoft claims that virtually every product it ships today has seen an influence from the work of this group.

Businesses have been building incubators and innovation-focused research labs for a long time, but tech companies have taken it to a whole new level in the last few years. Some of them are “skunkworks” labs, operating in secret and attempting wild ideas that may or may not work. (Think Amazon’s delivery drones.) Others are less secretive, but still designed to move quickly and seek creative solutions for problems that impact companies and consumers in big ways. This slideshow features five examples of corporate labs doing interesting work today, as identified by Acronis.

 

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