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March 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Former Yahoo chief scientist joins Microsoft

Raghu Ramakrishnan, former chief scientist for three divisions at Yahoo, is joining Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, working on cloud and big data, Microsoft announced this morning.

“Technical Fellow” is a designation given by Microsoft to an elite handful of employees whose technical vision, expertise and leadership are “instrumental in developing and driving technical strategies for Microsoft and the technology industry,” according to the company.

Ramakrishnan will be joining Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB), where he will focus on big data and integration between STB’s cloud offerings and the Online Services division’s platform assets.

He has been chief scientist for the Audience, Cloud Platforms and Search divisions as Yahoo and led science teams for Yahoo initiatives such as the CORE personalization project and the PNUTS geo-replicated cloud service platform, according to Microsoft.

Ramakrishnan earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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