Microsoft gives students a peek at the future


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Microsoft Corp. threw open the doors of its Mountain View research lab Thursday, showing off a dozen of its most innovative projects to 140 Bay Area high school students and teachers.

Also on hand were 500 or so venture capitalists, university professors and employees from other tech companies - including some Microsoft competitors - who crowded six to eight people deep around the once-secret exhibits, straining to hear what the world's largest software company is doing about online privacy, security, translation and programming for kids.

The students, who came from 11 area high schools, also had a private lunch with Microsoft researchers, gaining enviable access to tomorrow's new technologies.

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