Microsoft hires Google and Facebook product vet, building out ‘Teams for Life’ consumer group

Microsoft hires Google and Facebook product vet, building out ‘Teams for Life’ consumer group

Microsoft made one other key rent for a brand new consumer know-how group on Wedneday, including former Facebook and Google product chief Amit Fulay as vice chairman of product.

Fulay will work on the initiative identified internally as “Groups for Life,” or TfL, searching for to additional develop the attain of the corporate’s platform for office communications and collaboration into the consumer market.

Primarily based within the Seattle space, he’ll report back to Manik Gupta, the previous Uber chief product officer, who recently joined Microsoft as a corporate vice president main its Groups Consumer, Skype, and GroupMe.

In an inner memo saying the rent, Gupta stated Fulay’s expertise building communications and social merchandise at Google and Facebook “will be invaluable for us to construct a world-class TfL product and turbocharge our consumer-oriented considering throughout all of Microsoft.”

A job posting from May 28, for a senior program supervisor on the Groups for Life group, sheds extra gentle on Microsoft’s plans, indicating that the purpose is to “revolutionize the way in which buddies and households talk and collaborate.”

An excerpt from the job put up:

Our crew is accountable for creating the NEW consumer providing of Microsoft Groups. We’ll do that by extending the ability of Groups past work situations to your private life. Whether or not you’re a busy father or mother managing every day household life or simply making an attempt to remain related and in sync with those that matter most, the Groups consumer providing will alleviate the necessity for disparate instruments and as a substitute supply one central hub for people, teams, and households to collaborate and keep related and organized.

Fulay began his profession at Microsoft in 2007, straight out of faculty, and he stated within the inner memo that the brand new position “appears like a homecoming of kinds.”

“I’ve admired the cultural transformation that Microsoft has gone by up to now few years, and I consider that Groups has nice potential to alter how individuals join and talk,” Fulay stated within the inner memo.

Fulay and Gupta labored collectively beforehand at Google, the place Fulay led the real-time communications crew and co-founded Google Hangouts, Duo and Allo. Most lately, Fulay led the product crew for the Facebook Information Feed.

Microsoft Groups, the collaboration software program that launched in 2017, has grown considerably in the course of the pandemic. It now has 250 million month-to-month energetic customers, up from 145 million in April, primarily in enterprise and work settings. The corporate final 12 months started releasing new Teams features designed for families. 

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