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Microsoft vet to lead new HBO engineering office in Seattle

HBO has employed a longtime Microsoft manager, Drew Angeloff, because the vice chairman in cost of a new software program improvement office in Seattle, targeted on constructing out the corporate’s HBO Go video service for units and the net.

Plans for the new HBO office had been confirmed this morning by Otto Berkes, one other Microsoft veteran who’s now the New York-based senior vice chairman for digital merchandise for HBO. Angeloff and the new Seattle office shall be reporting to Berkes.

GeekWire first reported on the office last week after recognizing a associated job posting and Washington state companies submitting.

HBO is aiming to have a everlasting office up and operating someday in the primary quarter of subsequent 12 months, with a few dozen folks to begin, and rising from there, Berkes stated. HBO, a part of Time Warner, has the majority of its engineers in New York.

Berkes and Angeloff labored collectively in the early days of the Xbox at Microsoft, and later Angeloff reported to Berkes as a part of the staff of Ray Ozzie, then Microsoft’s chief software program architect. Angeloff left Microsoft Recreation Studios in Might, in accordance to his LinkedIn profile, and has been build up the HBO office in stealth mode.

Why Seattle and never Silicon Valley? Berkes, who worked at Microsoft for 18 years, stated engineers right here have a tendency to have a greater understanding for the sorts of experiences HBO is looking for to create. His private connections to the Seattle area additionally performed a job in deciding to put the office right here.

“It was a way more pure match from that perspective, and admittedly the software program expertise pool in the Northwest is, in my opinion, second to none,” he stated.

HBO is the most recent in a sequence of massive media and know-how manufacturers from different elements of the nation to set up engineering facilities in Seattle the area’s engineers. Fb, Google, Salesforce.com, Hulu and Zynga are amongst these with present services right here.

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