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Summary form only given. Microsoft Research has been involved in a variety of visualization research efforts over the last twelve years. In this talk, the author summarizes the various threads of research, which include task management, personal information management, software visualization, business visualization, community visualization, graph and tree visualization, and visual analytics for homeland security. The author also gives demonstrations of key prototypes that have been built. One of the key challenges throughout this work has been developing effective means of evaluation of visualization techniques. The author summarizes what we have learned about evaluation methods. Finally, the author summarizes some basic lessons learned about what visualization techniques are most effective across all of these research efforts.