Microsoft hired another key employee for a new consumer technology group, joining former Facebook and Google product leaders Amit Fry As the vice president of products.
Fulay will work on a plan internally called “Teams for Life” or TfL, seeking to expand the scope of the company’s communication and collaboration platform.
Based in the Seattle area, he will provide Manik Gupta, Former Uber chief product officer, he recently joined Microsoft as corporate vice president, leading its Teams Consumer, Skype and GroupMe.
In an internal memo announcing the appointment, Gupta stated that Fly’s experience in building communication and social products on Google and Facebook is “for us to build a world-class TfL
Fulay started his career at Microsoft after graduating from college in 2007, and he stated in an internal memo that this new role “feels like going home.”
“I appreciate the cultural transformation that Microsoft has undergone in the past few years, and I believe that Teams has great potential to change the way people connect and communicate,” Fry said in an internal memo.
He and Gupta previously worked at Google, Fulay led the real-time communications team and co-founded Google Hangouts, Duo and Allo. Recently, Fulay led the product team for Facebook News Feed.
Microsoft Teams, a collaboration software launched in 2017, has achieved significant growth during the pandemic. It now has 250 million monthly active users, up from 145 million in April. The company started to release new Teams features designed specifically for families last year.