Microsoft officials have been attempting to make more explicit how Microsoft Research (MSR) projects end up benefiting the company on the commercial-product front. One way they've attempted to do this is by publishing lists of research technologies that end up "transferring" to product groups.
In looking at these lists recently, I was struck by how many MSR projects are influencing Bing.
Some of these, like the work by MSR to improve the accuracy of speech in Microsoft's cloud-based speech recognition systems, have shown up relatively quickly as new features in products like Windows Phone's Bing voice-search capability. And based on a new TechFest 2013 video clip uncovered by Microsoft watcher Stephen Chapman, it looks like the Windows Phone team is poised to adopt even more of the work from Microsoft researchers to improve the error rate and latency issues around Bing Mobile's voice search.