Microsoft and Intel today said that the two companies are ready to reveal details about "new joint research ventures". Executives from both Intel and Microsoft as well as researchers "from two universities" will provide details about the effort during a teleconference scheduled for March 18
No further details have been released so far, other than the fact that the research program will include universities, which continues an interesting trend that has begun some time ago. For example, Nvidia is quite active teaching the programming of CUDA and its Tesla cards in universities around the country and Sun Microsystems has open sourced its T2 processors to work with universities on the design of the chip and develop applications for it.
It is pure speculation at this point how Intel and Microsoft will leverage their contacts in universities. However, if you ask us, we’d put our bets on multi-core programming and virtualization.