Feeds

IE captain flees Microsoft for Google

'I want to do good,' vows 15-year Redmond vet

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

After fifteen years of work on Internet Explorer, browser architect Chris Wilson is leaving Microsoft for Google.

"As I reached the conclusion that I’d helped IE along as much as I could, I felt it was a good time to reassess where I ultimately want to go with my career, and I realized that I really needed to stretch my wings beyond Microsoft," Wilson said in a blog post on Tuesday. In November, after a month off, he will join Google's Fremont, Washington office as a Developer Advocate.

Wilson joined Microsoft's IE team in 1995, just as the original browser wars began. He was eventually dubbed the IE Platform Architect. And as of mid-2009, he was the Principal Program Manager of the Open Web Platform in Microsoft’s Developer Division, working for the team that built the Chakra Javascript engine for Internet Explorer 9, currently in beta

But apparently, he sees bigger opportunities at Google. "I’ll spare the minor details of my decision (other than how excited I am to turn my Office Space style commute into a 6 mile bike ride to Google’s Fremont office), and just say I’m very excited to work for a company that invests so much in making the web platform better for developers and consumers, and I hope that I can use this as an opportunity to not only do no evil, but to actively do good," he said.

Wilson was the man who represented Microsoft on various standards groups – but as of the late, that isn't the extreme paradox it used to be. On the surface, he seems perfect for Google, which has developed its own kind of web standards schizophrenia.

But, according to a post Wilson just made to Twitter, he will not work on Chrome at Google – at least not initially. "I have a 1-year non-compete from Microsoft," he says. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.