Microsoft Hires Ex-Facebook to Improve Teams

Microsoft: Last Wednesday, the Geek Wire website reported that former Google and Facebook product leader Amit Fulay will return to Microsoft to work on “Teams For Life”, a general public variant of the eponymous program of calls. According to the source, he will be working with Manik Gupta, who recently joined Redmond Giant in the role of corporate vice president.

Veterans, Gupta and Fulay have already collaborated on the development of the Hangouts, Duo and Allo apps – Google’s bets to compete with other text, voice and video chat services. In this context, it is possible that Microsoft plans to continue to invest in Teams and its consumer version, especially given the increase in users with the recent covid-19 pandemic.

While it’s still unclear what Fulay’s role will be in the development of Teams For Life, his LinkedIn profile describes his new role as vice president of products. However, it is possible that he will act as a team leader on the project as suggested by a Microsoft job offer.

Watch a promotional video from Microsoft praising Chats – which Teams uses as the basis of the operation:

In a post on his LinkedIn profile, Fulay thanked him for his experience with Facebook, where he spent four years as a product leader in News Feed. He also said I was back to work for Microsoft “is like coming home”, referring to his early career with the company in 2007.

Microsoft has not yet commented on the hire, but the move makes a lot of sense within the company’s strategy. Teams are being integrated into Windows 11 and with that, the trend is for more users outside the business scope to use the platform.

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