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Bing Maps and Photosynth engineer switches camps from Microsoft to Google, no chairs thrown this time

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Bing Maps and Photosynth engineer switches camps from Microsoft to Google, no chairs thrown this time
Microsoft's software division lost a top-tier figure to Google - Blaise Agüera y Arcas. Before he took the G-train, Mr. Arcas was part of projects within the fields of augmented reality, wearable computing and natural user interfaces. He obviously played an important role in Microsoft's near-future technological accomplishments, and his past work - leading the development of Bing Maps, and overseeing Photosynth (Microsoft's proprietary 3D panorama app) - is no less regarded.

According to people in the know, Mr. Agüera will be working on machine learning at Google. His reasons for departing Microsoft haven't been disclosed, but we hardly believe they led to a mutual understanding. Simply put, if there's anything that can set the higher floors of Microsoft's HQ on fire, this is valuable personnel leaving to work at Mountain View. MS hates it when Eric Schmidt and co. lure its top-employees. In the past, one such occasion actually made its current CEO in retirement, Steve Ballmer, throw a chair across the room and cuss at Google's higher-ups in frustration.

But, now that the ever-passionate Mr. Ballmer has said his eye-moistening goodbyes, it's likely less furniture will be defying the force of gravity at Microsoft, and even more stink-bombs will be flung at the Android overlords as the companies' hardware and services competition heats up in 2014. The old "Mac vs. PC" row is nothing compared to MS and Google's ongoing corporate warfare which, in the technological world, can be outplayed only by the bitter affair between Apple and Samsung. This year Microsoft took numerous shots at its rival with the "Scroogled" smear campaign, including selling ridiculing merchandise and airing ads that humiliate Google products. The Redmond giant even teamed up with its former arch-enemy from Cupertino against Mountain View in a massive lawsuit.

All the notoriety involved aside, Mr. Agüera's case is simply one of a talented individual leaving an esteemed company for another. We are curious about what Google will make of his abilities.

source: NY Times via WMPowerUser, more

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posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:29 7

1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1387; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Bing maps... Who uses them over Google Maps and Here?

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:33 2

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 1584; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Its set to my default maps on my pc, and my phone, since it is easily integrated.

There is nothing that i use maps for, that bing doesnt do that google does.

I use here maps for navigation on my other lumia's however, and have two instances where here maps killed google maps navigation during a random test where google navigation couldnt even find what it was looking for.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 15:43 1

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1387; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I just don't think that Bing maps does anything better than Google Maps, actually. Or Here. And when I'm navigating I use Here on my iPhone because Gmaps navi is still in Beta. But if you don't have other options, you have to live with what you have. I think Gmaps=Here>>Bing>Apple Maps.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:56 6

2. SleepingOz (unregistered)


MS just got scroogled!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 09:02 11

3. sgodsell (Posts: 1229; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


No Microsoft does a good job of scroogling themselves up. They don't need help from anyone to screw themselves.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 14:46 1

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Micro Shaft'ed :)

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 09:09 2

4. brar.arsh (Posts: 146; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


He might be a Trojan Horse like Elop, and if he is, Google is not Nokia mate, they will scroogle you.. :p

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 09:43

5. LoveHater (Posts: 149; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


"Mr. Arcas was part of projects within the fields of augmented reality, wearable computing and natural user interfaces. He obviously played an important role in Microsoft's near-future technological accomplishments, and his past work - leading the development of Bing Maps, and overseeing Photosynth (Microsoft's proprietary 3D panorama app) - is no less regarded.

According to people in the know, Mr. Agüera will be working on machine learning at Google"
He will teach a breed of people like you,, SHOW SOME RESPECT

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:30 1

6. brar.arsh (Posts: 146; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


You know what, go and read this..http://conversations.nokia.com/2010/09/10/stephen-elop-to-join-nokia-as-president-and-ceo/

He was also anticipated in the same way.

"What benefit will the change in management bring to Nokia?
Fresh eyes and ears will enable Stephen to join the company and start listening (and he’s a pretty good listener, so feel free to tell him what you think). This will help inform him before he embarks on any major decision making and will give Nokia renewed clarity to execute its core strategy.

How will Stephen Elop make a difference?
He has a proven track record and is well-known and respected within the software industry. He also has experience in managing change and complex software projects. Prior to working at Microsoft and Juniper Networks, Stephen worked for Adobe following its acquisition of Macromedia.

What’s he going to do when he joins?
Only Stephen can answer that, but we suspect he’ll spend the first while taking a good look around and listening to what folk have to say. He’s here to help accelerate the execution of Nokia’s transformation but with a fresh look, we can expect to see some adjustments to how Nokia’s strategy is being carried out."

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 12:14

8. tedkord (Posts: 4753; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Isn't all that exactly what happened?

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 12:17

9. LoveHater (Posts: 149; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i don't care about NOKOSOFT or MICROKIA ,,,,,, Google bench is already filled with intelligent birds and he is also going to join that only ,,,,, the place he deserved from starting

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