Global Music Vault’s Mission to Preserve Music for 10,000 Years

This archival project stores data on Microsoft's new, silica glass platters

The 21st century is characterized by rapid musical innovation, from streaming thousands of songs online with a click of a button to storing albums on the cloud. Within all this progress, though, one element hasn’t advanced like the others: longevity. In comparison to hieroglyphs, which have endured nearly 5,00 years, music storage is ephemeral, beginning to deteriorate as early as five years on a hard …

Microsoft Redesigns the Mouse for People with Disabilities

Around one billion people in the world live with a disability, which is why Microsoft is launching an Adaptive Accessories range that provides a more accessible keyboard and mouse experience for PC or iPhone. The kit (which will be available later this year) has three elements: a square mouse, a button with programmable pressure sensors and a hub that connects everything. Button designs are easily interchangeable and …

Artist Maria Kozak Exhibits Inside Microsoft’s First-Ever Virtual Gallery, The Garage

A group exhibit debuts the digital off-shoot of what will become an in-person destination in NYC

In June, the Microsoft Garage Gallery opened its virtual doors to an inaugural exhibit intended to uplift the spirits of attendees. The Garage is Microsoft’s experimental R&D facility in Lower Manhattan, and the gallery is an extension of its work. In partnership with the cultural agency Hatchers, they brought six pioneering, multidisciplinary artists—Sadie Clayton, Uttam Grandhi, Beatie Wolfe, Stuart Semple, JGoldcrown and Maria Kozak—together for the immersive experience, aptly …