Who Inspire Us
Stone is director of Microsoft
Research's virtual worlds group. Stone has become a recognized leader
in the effort to create both community and content on the computer.
With a focus on improving social interactions in cyberspace, Stone
and her team of engineers, artists and animators develop multiuser,
multimedia technologies that work on a human level.
first offerings were multimedia chat services, such as V-Chat and
Comic Chat. Blending sociology, design and technology, the group
is now developing virtual worlds technologies that go beyond chat.
joining Microsoft in December 1993, Stone worked for Apple Computer,
where she played a key role in building the company's multimedia
marketplace. She was instrumental in forging the first significant
relationships between Apple and the traditional creative media,
such as book publishers. She has also taught as an adjunct professor
at New York University's prestigious Interactive Telecommunications
in both the creative and technical communities, Stone is a frequent
speaker at conferences and has been repeatedly quoted and profiled
in the news media. Upside magazine has named her one of the
100 leaders of the digital revolution. She is also featured in John
Brockman's book, "The Digerati," which describes her as "a
visionary both within Microsoft and to the industry at large."