Microsoft to double size of European research team

Projects range from consumer-oriented technologies to high-performance computing

Microsoft's investments in computer science research in Europe will increase over the next two years, with an expected doubling of its number of researchers.

"The reasons to invest are tremendous," said Rick Rashid, senior vice president for Microsoft Research, speaking at the Microsoft European Research and Innovation Day in Brussels on Tuesday.

Microsoft has six research labs on three continents working on more than 55 projects, Rashid said. About 700 researchers work on projects ranging from consumer-oriented technologies to high-performance computing.

But Microsoft's investments in Europe are not just beneficial for the company. Eventually, they will result in more jobs for the continent, Rashid said.

"It's about moving forward computer science, not just Microsoft's interests," he said.

The event in Brussels focuses on some of the projects that has come out of Microsoft research, including a project demonstration.