A new investment direction will be opened in R&D center of Microsoft in Skolkovo. In this regard, the number of its IT-professionals and scientists will double. Appropriate document, timed to the working visit of the Head of Microsoft Steve Ballmer to Russia, was signed on the 6th of November, 2012 by the Senior Vice-President of the Skolkovo Fund Igor Drozdov and the president of Microsoft Russia Nikolai Pryanishnikov.
According to the document on the proposed applied research and practical activities, there will be projects in Microsoft R & D Center in Skolkovo to develop cross-platform solutions for smartphones and tablet devices to broadcast in real-time and perform asynchronous communication of multimedia content worldwide.
The development of software to support the distributed cloud storage, analysis and processing of multimedia data is also planned. It is assumed to conduct research in the semantic load of content with the help of technologies to define the type of content, detection of speech, face recognition and other analysis of video information to improve the relevance of content produced for users.