Following Gary Flake’s resign, Microsoft is folding its Live Labs team into Bing, company officials said on October 8. Almost all of the 70 or so Live Labs members are moving over within the next month. Bing, in many ways, is a natural home for Live Labs, as the Live Labs team was focusing most recently on new visual search technologies with its Pivot work. A number of Live Labs projects never made it out of the labs.
Flake who joined Microsoft four years ago from Yahoo!, where he founded Yahoo Research Labs, ran Yahoo!’s corporate R&D activities and was Overture’s Chief Science Officer — announced his resignation today (though he will be staying to assist with the transition through the end of October, a company spokesperson said).
Flake tweeted his decision to resign on Oct’8th.