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Microsoft Researches Its Future

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Science  27 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5355, pp. 1294-1296
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5355.1294

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SEATTLE-- Microsoft is building a star-studded research department in the mold of such famous corporate research laboratories as IBM, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and Bell Laboratories. It is a $200-million-a-year bet that research in esoteric areas of physics and mathematics will yield breakthroughs in personal computing, the ultimate goal of which is a computer (or operating system) that will be as easy to interact with as a human--just by talking.