Microsoft Forms New Group to Create “Disruptive Technologies”

The company has posted new job ads for its Research unit

Microsoft has posted a new job ad on its Careers website that provides us with a few hints regarding the company's future products.

Microsoft Research, the company unit in charge of developing new and very innovative products that could at some point be implemented in its product offering, has created a so-called Special Projects Group that would be in charge of what the software giant baptized “disruptive technologies that could benefit the company and society.”

Not much is known about this new project, but ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft might attempt to take on Google X, which has already created several products that are very close to reach mass production, such as Google Glass and self-driving cars.

And still, the ad does mention that the new member of technical staff must “work closely with the Special Projects managing director to identify and incubate projects” and “help initiate, scope and manage projects with universities and other external partners.”

Microsoft hasn't publicly talked on this new project, but the company continues investments in new projects developed by the Research unit, so expect more information to be provided in the coming months. The new group's leader will be Norman Whitaker, who previously served as Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense's research arm.

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