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Google Grabs Key Microsoft Engineer

Posted December 23, 2013

Blaise Agüera y Arcas has left Microsoft to join Google. The high-profile engineer brings a wealth of information to Google as he was involved in developing and building Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its image-stitching Photosynth software.

In a blog post, Agüera y Arcas confirmed his decision to join Google and called it “tremendously exciting; Google is a company of grand ambitions and brilliant people.”

On the other hand, he also described his departure from the software giant as “the hardest decision of my life”. Microsoft’s “leadership has been consistently good to me over these past eight years, and it has been a time filled with creativity and growth and good friends,” Agüera y Arcas said. “It’s painful to leave behind so many wonderful ongoing projects, and even more so to leave behind such a great team.”

At Microsoft, Agüera y Arcas focused on wearables research, augmented reality and natural user interfaces. He was named a distinguished engineer at Microsoft in 2011.

Agüera y Arcas told the New York Times that though he has left Microsoft for Google, he wouldn’t divulge his role with his new company. Agüera y Arcas said he would now focus on ‘machine learning’ at Google.

This hiring promises some really interesting results. Given his recent experience of augmented reality, wearable computing, natural user interfaces, and also as an architect of Bing Maps and Bing Mobile, it looks like the search giant could have a real powerhouse on their hands.

Has it got something to do with Google’s recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics? Or Google Maps? Or Google Glass? Whatever the case, Agüera y Arcas only brings something exciting to the table.


 via Muktware

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