Greenwich Project Chief Leaving Microsoft
David Gurle, head of Microsoft's effort to build the real-time communications platform, heads to Reuters next week.David Gurle, head of the Microsoft Corp. team that is developing the real-time communication platform codenamed Greenwich, is leaving Microsoft to join Reuters Group, one of the early beta customers of Greenwich. He will serve as Reuters executive vice president and global head of collaboration services effective April 1. Gurle had been director of program management, real-time communication at Microsoft, where he led the product teams for Greenwich, Exchange IM(instant messaging), Exchange Conferencing Server, Windows Messenger, NetMeeting and the Microsoft Telephony API. He first joined Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., in 1999 from VocalTec Communications, where he had been vice president of business alliances. At Reuters, Gurle will be tasked with leading the global team responsible for the business and technical aspects of Reuters Messaging product development, deployment and service initiatives.
Reuters was an early adopter of Greenwich, the codename for Microsofts real-time communications technology. Reuters provides instant messaging and other collaboration services to its financial trading customers.