Microsoft hires former Uber exec in effort to develop its Groups shopper enterprise

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Microsoft has employed former Uber Chief Product Officer Manik Gupta to attempt, but once more, to present its shopper enterprise a lift. Gupta would be the new Company Vice President for Groups Client, Skype and GroupMe, reporting on to Jeff Teper, Company Vice President of Microsoft 365 Collaboration.

Along with his former Uber position which led to 2020, Gupta additionally labored at Google for seven years, ending in 2015, when he was Director PM for Google Maps. He has completed stints as an investor and advisor to early-stage tech corporations. Gupta will begin on August 30 and will likely be primarily based within the Bay Space, in response to an inner memo from Teper asserting Gupta’s appointment. I’ve requested Microsoft whether or not Gupta is changing anybody presently on workers, however to date no phrase again.

Microsoft is planning to combine a Groups Chat button into the taskbar of its upcoming Home windows 11 working system as a technique to attempt to encourage extra Groups customers to check out the Groups shopper options that Microsoft launched in Might. The Groups Chat button will exchange the Skype Meet Now button that Microsoft made a part of the Home windows 10 taskbar. Microsoft officers have stated customers on Home windows 10, Meet Now utilizing Skype will proceed to be out there (for so long as Home windows 10 is supported, which means at the least till 2025, I might assume, although Microsoft did not present an precise date).

Microsoft officers have stated that Skype will not be going away within the foreseeable future, however they have not stated a lot about what the position of Skype will likely be as Groups Client grows in share. Microsoft hasn’t supplied a retirement date for Skype. GroupMe is Microsoft’s group-messaging app. Through Skype, which it was within the midst of shopping for in 2011, Microsoft purchased GroupMe. Since then, Microsoft hasn’t completed a lot to combine GroupMe with different Microsoft merchandise or to advertise the GroupMe service.

Microsoft’s Groups Client providing — recognized internally as “Groups for Life” — is a part of the corporate’s total shopper push. Microsoft’s Fashionable Life and Units enterprise is all about attempting to develop shopper share for the corporate, regardless of its not-so-great monitor report with shopper merchandise like Home windows Telephone, Groove Music, its Cortana digital assistant and the Microsoft Band health tracker and extra.

Microsoft officers lately stated Groups now has 250 million month-to-month energetic customers, however haven’t shared any info on what number of of these are utilizing Groups shopper options.