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Microsoft loses leading Bing developers on Google

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Google has hired by Microsoft Blaise Agüera y Arcas, who played an important role in the development of Bing maps and Bing mobile. That reported the New York Times. Therefore, Agüera y Arcas was active mainly in the fields of wearable computing, augmented reality, mapping and natural user interfaces.

At Microsoft he was responsible a 3D-Panorama-Foto-App that for Windows, iOS and Windows phone is available also for the development of Photosynth. 2011 he was appointed also to become a distinguished engineer. Microsoft awards the title according to "particularly valuable engineers".

Agüera y Arcas of the sources working on the New York Times according to first and foremost the subject machine learning should be on Google. Neither Microsoft nor Google have spoken so far on the particulars.

Agüera y Arcas had come through the acquisition of the company he founded in 2003 to Microsoft Seadragon software 2006. When Seadragon, he had begun working on the visualization technique which forms the basis for the zooming and rendering capabilities of Photosynth.

in 2005, the change from a Microsoft manager had led to Google a bitter dispute. The trigger was Kai-Fu Lee, an expert in speech recognition techniques. Microsoft sued Lee and Google, and accused his former colleague a breach of an agreed prohibition of competition. Google responded with a Countersuit. In December 2005 both parties put aside their dispute. They agreed to silence about the conditions of the comparison.

[with material by Steven Musil,]

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