The types of data shared in the platform include in areas such as "natural language processing, computer vision, and domain specific sciences."
The public can find the datasets in the Microsoft Research website, and they can download them to an Azure-based Virtual Machine or Data Science Virtual Machine. Microsoft Research follow the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable), whenever applicable, in conducting data sharing. The datasets provided are categorized by their primary research area.
According the Microsoft Research's website, "the goal is to provide a simple platform to Microsoft's researchers and collaborators to share datasets and related research technologies and tools. The site has been designed to simplify access to these data sets, facilitate collaboration between researchers using cloud-based resources, and enable the reproducibility of research."