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Anoop Gupta Anoop Gupta
Corporate Vice President
Real-Time Collaboration
Business Unit

Thursday, October 27th, 9:15am to 9:45am

As corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration Group, Anoop Gupta leads Microsoft�s client-server-service efforts to provide real-time communication and collaboration solutions and platform components. His focus is on offerings for information workers that deliver on the �Integrated Communications� vision, allowing information workers to be more productive, both in and out of the office. Key aspects of the vision are:

  • Rich, presence-based, person-centric communications tools that make it easier and more likely that we successfully connect with people.
  • Integration of various communications modalities (E-mail, IM, VoIP/Telephony, SMS, Web-Conf, Audio-Conf, Video-Conf) into a seamless and intuitive experience, so it is easy to connect with people using the most appropriate mode(s).
  • Rich presence and communication capabilities that are contextually available within everyday applications that we use (inside Microsoft Office, portals and line-of-business applications).
  • Universal availability and extensibility of such rich communications capabilities, that is, availability across desktops, mobile devices and across platforms, and an extensible platform that allows our partners to further build/extend the core offerings to meet the customers� needs.

Before leading the Real-Time Collaboration Group, Gupta was technology assistant to Bill Gates, Microsoft�s chairman and chief software architect. In that role, Gupta helped define the company�s strategy for real-time collaboration. He also contributed to several initiatives related to Windows Vista, the next release of the Microsoft� Windows� operating system, then code-named "Longhorn." Gupta became Bill Gates� technology assistant after working for four years at Microsoft Research, where he led the Collaboration and Multimedia Group. His team was responsible for development and transfer of many key technologies to product groups.

Before joining Microsoft in 1997, Gupta was a professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University for 11 years. His research at Stanford spanned computer architecture, operating systems, programming languages, simulation and performance debugging tools, and parallel applications. He also co-led, with John Hennessy, the development of hardware and software for the Stanford DASH multiprocessor, a highly concurrent shared-memory parallel computer that had a large impact on the industry. At Stanford, Gupta also led the Virtual Classroom project, which explored compression and networking issues related to transmission of audio-video over the Internet and its applications in education. In 1995, Gupta used the seeds of the technology developed in that project to form VXtreme Inc., a provider of technologies for streaming audio-visual content over the Web, which Microsoft acquired in 1997.

Gupta has published more than 100 papers in major conferences and journals, including several that have won awards. He has contributed to more than 40 patents. With David Culler and Jaswinder Pal Singh, he co-authored the book Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware-Software Approach in 1998. He received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990, and he held the Robert N. Noyce Faculty Scholar Chair at Stanford for 1993 and 1994. Before joining Stanford in 1987, Gupta was on the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1986. He holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he graduated receiving the President�s Gold Medal in 1980.

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