Former Windows bigwig working on Ajax Search API at Google

Former Windows bigwig working on Ajax Search API at Google

Summary: When Marc Lucovsky, one of Microsoft's top Windows architects, jumped ship and joined Google a couple of years ago, nobody (including Lucovsky) was willing to say what his new role would be inside Redmond's search rival. Now we know what Lucovsky is doing (thanks to former Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble).

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When Marc Lucovsky, one of Microsoft's top Windows architects, jumped ship and joined Google a couple of years ago, nobody (including Lucovsky) was willing to say what his new role would be inside Redmond's search rival.

(Lucovsky is known for his work on Windows NT, as well as being the target of a chair he claims Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw at him when he announced his intentions to join Google. At one point during his 16-year Microsoft tenure, Lucovsky also led Microsoft' "Hailstorm" Web services project.)

Leave it to former Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble to get the scoop. Scoble blogged that he interviewed Lucovsky for his new employer, PodTech, on December 12 and revealed that Lucovsky is now working on Google's Ajax Search API (application programming interface).

Google's Ajax Search API is designed to allow Web masters and developers to add search boxes to their Web sites and build applications on top of Google Search.

In early 2005, some Microsoft watchers speculated that Lucovsky had left Microsoft to work on the alleged Google OS project. In recent interviews, some Google officials have denied such a project exists. Meanwhile, Microsoft is working on its own "Cloud OS" effort.

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Not sure..

    if this is newsworthy? I'm sure while at MS he was exposed to this technology long before Google latched onto it and used it for it's own gains. Why do people call Google innovative? What did they innovate? Search? no. Advertising? no AJAX? No.
    I expect they will fall and fall hard.

    Plus this guy is a bit imaginative in my opinion. Ballmer would never throw a chair at him. He might...just might toss a chair in frustration but not intentionally at the apparently frail lad.
    I've had some major incidents behind closed doors over the years but have always responded as needed on the spot, face to face. This is what I think the left-wingers have done to this country. Everytime someone's little feelings are hurt they run to the lawyer and if that doesn't work out, the press.
    April May
  • You should listen to what Jim Alchin is saying...

    http://www.computerworld.com:80/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005873

    In an email to Bill Gates, Jim Alchin said he would buy a Mac instead of using Vista.
    No_Ax_to_Grind