Mashable reporter Karissa Bell noticed this exchange between Facebook execs that exhibits how the social media large was recruiting Guthrie in 2014. Axios’ Ina Fried confirmed that Facebook “closely recruited” Guthrie.
Guthrie joined Microsoft in 1997 and have become a revered chief who got here out of Microsoft’s Developer Division, the place he pushed the corporate to develop its horizons and incorporate extra open-source instruments and applied sciences past Microsoft’s personal platforms.
Primarily based on the interior docs, Facebook was eyeing Guthrie in early 2014. However in February of that 12 months, Guthrie in the end changed Satya Nadella as the top of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group as Nadella transitioned to CEO.
Guthrie has held that position since then — the group is now known as Cloud and AI — as Microsoft has invested closely in Azure and different associated cloud providers that are bolstering the company’s bottom line. Microsoft simply beat out Amazon for a highly-coveted $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract, demonstrating its clout within the rising cloud trade.
Looks as if it was resolution for Guthrie to keep put at Microsoft, which reclaimed the title of world’s most precious firm late final 12 months and has stayed largely out of the anti-trust and political highlight that’s squarely on firms together with Facebook. Axios proclaimed earlier this 12 months that “Microsoft is successful the techlash.”