Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a "respected engineer and software designer at Microsoft," is headed to Google, where he'll be a top-level software engineer.
On his blog, Agüera y Arca wrote:
On one hand, of course this is tremendously exciting; Google is a company of grand ambitions and brilliant people. On the other hand it has been hard--very hard--to detach emotionally from Microsoft. The company’s leadership has been consistently good to me over these past eight years, and it has been a time filled with creativity and growth and good friends. It’s painful to leave behind so many wonderful ongoing projects, and even more so to leave behind such a great team.
The hardest decision of my life.
The move to Google will be a significant loss for Microsoft, and a big win for the search giant, and due to the fierce rivalry between the two firms, it's also a controversial move. Apple, Google, Adobe, and other firms have been investigated in recent years for their policies concerning "no hire" agreements between each other, which may have violated anti-trust laws due to the limits they place on individual employee careers.
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