Google and Facebook vet returns to Microsoft to work on Teams for consumers

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft hired Amit Fulay, a former product lead at Facebook and Google.
  • Fulay will work on Microsoft Teams for Life, the consumer version of Microsoft Teams.
  • Fulay started his career at Microsoft in 2007.

Microsoft hired former Facebook and Google product leader Amit Fulay this week, according to a report by Geekwire. Fulay will work on the consumer version of Microsoft Teams, known internally as Teams for Life. He will report to Manik Gupta, who recently joined Microsoft as a corporate vice president over Teams Consumer, Skype, and GroupMe. Fulay's LinkedIn profile states that he began his role in September 2021.

Microsoft's recent job listing for senior program manager on the Teams for Life group sheds light on what Fulay will likely do for the company, though it's important to note that Fulay's LinkedIn profile states he is vice president of product, not senior program manager:

Our team is responsible for creating the NEW consumer offering of Microsoft Teams. We'll do this by extending the power of Teams beyond work scenarios to your personal life. Whether you're a busy parent managing daily family life or just trying to stay connected and in sync with those who matter most, the Teams consumer offering will alleviate the need for disparate tools and instead offer one central hub for individuals, groups, and families to collaborate and stay connected and organized.

Microsoft is clearly pushing the consumer version of Teams. The new Chat app in Windows 11 is powered by Teams.

An internal memo seen by Geekwire announced the hiring of Gupta. It says that Fulay "will be invaluable for us to build a world-class [Teams for Life] product and turbocharge our consumer-oriented thinking across all of Microsoft."

This is a return to Microsoft for Fulay, who started his career with the company in 2007. Fulay also has experience working at the same company as Gupta, as both worked at Google.

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