Microsoft Employs Ex-Yahoo Executive

December 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

dr. qi lu, microsoft vp for onlince services

Microsoft failed to takeover Yahoo and they say they aren’t interested anymore.  However, there seems to be a work around on getting Yahoo technology and business strategy without acquiring the company.

Today, Microsoft announced that they have recruited a new executive to run their Online Services Group.   And low and behold, he’s a Yahooer. Dr. Qi Lu will join the company as president of the Online Services Group. Dr. Lu will lead Microsoft’s efforts in search and online advertising and all the company’s online information and communications services. Dr. Lu will report to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer.

Lu worked  as  Engineering for the Search and Advertising Technology Group at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for development efforts around Yahoo!’s Web search and monetization platforms. However, after 10 years of service he quit Yahoo in August 2008.

“I am tremendously excited to welcome Qi to Microsoft,” Ballmer said. “Dr. Lu’s deep technical expertise, leadership capabilities and hard-working mentality are well-known in the technology industry, and Microsoft will benefit from his addition to our executive management team.”

“I am genuinely excited about the opportunities ahead for Microsoft to make an enormous impact on the online industry,” Dr. Lu said. “Microsoft has built a great foundation for its search and advertising technologies and put an amazing team of researchers and engineers in place to drive the next wave of innovation in online services. I’m looking forward to working with them to help transform the way people and businesses use the Internet to find and share information.”

So, with Dr. Lu taking the reins at Microsoft’s Online Services Group, Microsoft is hoping  that they can duplicate whatever it was they wanted from Yahoo in the first place.  Moreover, Microsoft is still trailing behind Google and Yahoo when it comes to internet services.  With Yahoo slowly dying, this may be their chance to overtake them.  However, overtaking Google may take more than a recession, probably a depression.