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Posted by timothy
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theodp writes "In another case of Microsoft's-loss-is-Google's-gain, GeekWire reports that Google has made a big hire from Microsoft, bringing aboard TED crowd-pleaser Blaise Agüera y Arcas, the well-known software architect and designer who was among the Redmond company's elite ranks of distinguished engineers. Known for his work on services including Photosynth and Bing Maps, Agüera y Arcas called the move 'the hardest decision of my life'. A stunning preview of Photosynth was released by Microsoft last week, and TED just released a video of Agüera y Arcas demonstrating the technology at a conference earlier this year."
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Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect

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  • Retaining talent (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @02:01PM (#45716403)

    Microsoft pays well, but the way it treats employees is pretty bad. I am so glad I got out of that place.

  • Not just Windows 8 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BenJeremy (181303) on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @02:40PM (#45716953)

    Actually, I heard he hates Visual Studio 2012 even more. Something about using bland, similar monochromatic icons tends to bother people who work with image processing and innovate the field using all that wonderful color information in those images.

    Same difference though... some idiot exec at Microsoft has decided the world needs Fisher-price Playschool operating systems and development tools.

  • Overrated (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @03:12PM (#45717323)

    I used to work with this guy and he is incredibly overrated. He's been the architect of Bing Maps for 5 years. What earth shattering innovations has he led in that time? Somebody above mentioned that this 'incredible' v2 Photosynth 1) isn't even as good as v1 and 2) has never been developed into anything more useful than a TED demo. He worked on the same team as Gur Kimchi, the guy behind the Amazon delivery drones. Between the two of them, they are the king and queen of vaporware. Neither one produced a damn thing in 6 years at Microsoft, so fuck it Google can have him. He's a one man hype machine.

  • Re:Slashdot bias.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @03:41PM (#45717665)

    I remember this guy. This happened more than a year ago.

    James Whitaker was a Microsoft exec who left Microsoft to join Google for a bit and then go back to Microsoft at a higher level. His main motive in joining Google was apparently to get a promotion back in Microsoft and to make some money on the side by writing a book. Ridiculous microsoft politics at work. And yes this was covered extensively on slashdot.

    Of course recoiledsnake is a well known paid microsoft shill who will misrepresent facts.

  • Re:Retaining talent (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @03:52PM (#45717783)

    Once the techie founders become "business suits" the decline is already being signalled to the employees

    That usually happens right around the time the founders reach the unpleasant realization that they actually have to make money if they want their corporation to survive.

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