A very talented staff member of Microsoft has defected to Google. This is a heavy loss and although there were no hard feelings between the departing Blaise Aguera and Microsoft, it is a sort of brain drain that has left the firm all the poorer.
He was a top engineer and software expert at Bill Gates’ organization. But he left for Google much to the dismay of Microsoft’s execs. Google is by the way the biggest competitor Microsoft has ever had. Microsoft even has a Scroogled Campaign which character assassinates Google through downplaying its services and products.
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Blaise Aguera y Arcas was involved in a number of projects at Microsoft. He has in his own words admitted that leaving the company will be a painful experience. Microsoft had been good to him. This was the man behind the Bing Maps amenity. He even created, in his latest effort, a service known as Photosynth which allowed 3D versions of panoramic views.
This person will be handling machine learning at Google. When contacted he didn’t mention much aside from the fact that he was leaving Microsoft for Google. One of his colleagues had only words of praise for Blaise Aguera. While leaving the company is not such a big deal, moving on to Google, which is Microsoft’s bitter nemesis, is a sin in Bill Gates’ organization.
The matter has in the past led to the point where lawsuits are filed against each other. There is indeed bad blood between Microsoft and Google. And with Blaise Aguera’s defection the two giants are at loggerheads again.
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Source: The New York Times