VMware has hired former Google and Microsoft engineer Mark Lucovsky, someone perhaps best known as the man who caused Microsoft's Steve Ballmer to throw a chair and yell obscenities about Google.
VMware confirmed the appointment of Lucovsky as senior engineer in an e-mailed statement from Stephen Herrod, the company's CTO and senior vice president of R&D.
"We're excited to have Mark Lucovsky join the engineering team as senior engineer. VMware has a great history of attracting the best engineers from around the world and Mark will be joining an impressive group of colleagues," Herrod said in the statement.
The appointment of Lucovsky was first reported by the Web site TechCrunch, which said he played a key role in developing Google's APIs, including its search APIs, after spending time at Microsoft, where he was the principle architect of Windows NT.
The original TechCrunch story can be read by clicking here.
It was when Lucovsky left Microsoft in late 2004 that he gained notoriety as the man who caused Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to rage when he told Ballmer he was going to work for Google.
According to accounts based on filings from the court case between Microsoft and Google over Google's hiring of another Microsoft executive, Kai-Fu Lee, Lucovsky said Ballmer became furious when Lucovsky said he was leaving.
Lucovsky said Ballmer threw a chair at a table and said, "[expletive] Eric Schmidt is a [expletive] [expletive]. I'm going to [expletive] bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to [expletive] kill Google."
The action was detailed in a blog by John Battelle, who writes about search-related issues and the media. That blog can be read by clicking here.
Ballmer has since denied those actions.
For Lucovsky, moving to VMware is in a way a coming-home party. Several top VMware executives, including Paul Maritz, president and CEO, came from Microsoft.