Microsoft has hired Adobe executive Michael Gough to lead design efforts for its Web-based version of Office and other products.
As Adobe’s vice president of experience design, Gough worked on the design of the company’s digital pen and ruler for touchscreen devices, among other projects. Before joining Adobe in 2005, he was a vice president of brand design at Nike, chief creative officer at Quokka Sports, and founder of Construct Internet Design.
Gough, newly titled corporate vice president of design, will report to Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s chief experience officer, the company says. Larson-Green’s team, part of the Applications and Services Group, works to unify user experience across the company’s range of products.
Adobe is widely seen a company that successfully navigated the cloud transition Microsoft itself is attempting. Much of Adobe’s traditional business–selling physical copies of creative software like Photoshop and Dreamweaver–has given way to sales of those products via online subscriptions.