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Microsoft's Roadmap through 2020 to Focus on the Scientific Sector

| by Jonathan Allen Follow 638 Followers on May 21, 2007. Estimated reading time: less than one minute |

Microsoft has always put the needs of business customers and home users first. There is another sector that relies on computers, one that has been neglected for decades: the scientific community.

Between now and 2020 Microsoft is planning to ramp up its support for the scientific community. Some of the key milestones from their roadmap include…

  • Expanding use of COTS (customised off the shelf) software / technology: moving away from ‘build your own’ in science
  • Move towards program execution for scientific applications hosted in database (taking the application to the data, rather than the data to the application)
  • Data ‘behind’ scientific papers available in machine readable formats
  • Symbolic computation integrated into scientific databases and programming languages.
  • Development of equivalent of ‘Office’ for Scientists – Integrated suite of easy to use, standardised, well maintained applications spanning mathematical libraries, algorithms, data management, scientific paper writing, visualisation and theoretical tools (e.g. symbolic maths) that work together well.
  • Broadly available domain-specific computational frameworks, components, reference architectures

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Use our software by Michael Neale

And no one gets hurt (with patent threats).

myopic by Cameron Purdy

There is another sector that relies on computers, one that has been neglected for decades: the scientific community.


The scientific community has hardly been neglected. Maybe Microsoft neglected the scientific community, but I doubt that anyone noticed .. unless they tried to use Excel to do their calculations ..

Peace,

Cameron Purdy
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Fortress by Geoffrey Wiseman

I've been interested to see a little bit of the information about Fortress as a language for science; but I've done so little work in the "scientific" domain (as I'd define it, anyway), I don't know if that's just hype.

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