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Popular ex-head of the Windows 10 Insider program Gabe Aul has defected to the dark side, taking up a position as Vice President at Facebook.
In his non-public-facing role at Microsoft, he described his achievements as such.
Since 2015 I have led the Windows Engineering Systems team as the CVP of Program Management. During this time we have replaced our outdated Source Depot source control system and moved to Git, inventing several new technologies in order for Git to scale to the largest Git repo in the world. We have modernized our Software Engineering practices including refactoring monoliths, enabling continuous integration, flattening branch structures, and shifting test and quality validation closer to the developer’s desktop. We have massively improved reliability and scalability of build and validation systems of one of the largest engineering systems in the world – encompassing 100,000+ build definitions, millions of tests, and more than 10,000 compute nodes.
Gabe was only head of the Windows 10 Insider program for 18 months and left all the way back in 2016, but cast a long shadow, largely due to his humble and personable personality.
Today is my first day as a Facebook employee. After more than 2 decades at Microsoft I am excited for a new adventure. I want to thank immensely all of the #windowsinsiders who I have been so fortunate to connect with over the years on Twitter.
— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) June 24, 2019
Gabe will fortunately not be working on the life-sucking news feed, but will instead be mainly involved with Facebook Oculus division.
Hopefully, this will mean even easier relations with Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality team, with a good working relationship already existing between the two companies who are still trying to nurture an emerging technology.
Either way, I am sure all of our readers wish Gabe a great send-off and a happy career at Facebook.