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Proebsting oversees technical strategy for Azure. Before that he was a director in Microsoft's Center for Software Excellence, leading a team building binary technology tools and platforms. He also created and led efforts to deploy "prediction markets" inside Microsoft for business-intelligence purposes. Before becoming part of various product groups, Proebsting was a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, managing a programming-language research group. Proebsting was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, has worked as a developer at a startup and also as an employee of Sun Microsystems.