Microsoft and Google finally settle issues on Kai-Fu Lee
Software giant Microsoft has announced that they have finally settled their differences with search engine giant Google over the hiring of their former employee Kai-Fu Lee. This also ends the legal battle between the two tech giants of the United States who are fighting over leading the internet revolution on to its next generation.
The company said in a statement that the three parties involved in the battle (Google, Microsoft, and Kai-Fu Lee) have entered into a “private agreement that resolves all issues to their mutual satisfactionâ€. Google has also confirmed this news event as Lee said in a statement to the media that he was “pleased with the terms of the settlement agreementâ€.
Microsoft however refused to reveal the details of their agreement with Google and also declined to tell when the settlement was reached. Google has also denied to give out more information on their deal with Microsoft over Kai-Fu Lee. Lee was one of the driving forces at MSN Search Engine technology and recently left the company to work for Google.
He also was involved in the development of the MSN Desktop Search application, which now rivals Google Desktop product in the market. He decided to look for further challenges and move to Google after the company offered him a reported USD 10 million in compensatory package. This led to Microsoft suing Google for pursuing their employees and the case was due to be heard in courts next month.