I am starting at Microsoft Live Labs next week.
Live Labs is an applied research group affiliated with Microsoft Research and MSN. The group has the enjoyable goal of not only trying to solve hard problems with broad impact, but also getting useful research work out the door and into products so it can help as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
Live Labs is lead by Gary Flake, the former head of Yahoo Research. It is a fairly new group, formed only two years ago. Gary wrote a manifesto that has more information about Live Labs.
With its connection to MSR, working at Live Labs promises to be a lot of fun. I am thrilled that I might have an opportunity to work with Sue Dumais, Jaime Teevan, Dennis DeCoste, Matt Hurst, Eric Brill, Steve Drucker, Paul Viola, Patrice Simard, and many, many others.