Microsoft research initiatives

On May 21, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., demonstrated in Washington some of the technologies it is funding for possible use in its software. Among them were a desktop feature that automatically minimizes clusters of documents when dragged to an edge of the screen, a spam-foiling function that requires the sender's computer to sacrifice a small number of computational cycles before dispatching each e-mail, and software that allows someone to interact with a computer using hand-gestures.


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