The head of the Chrome OS announces his departure in a Tweet.
Matthew Papakipos today tweeted, “Now that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it’s time for something new. I’m going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!”, thus ending his just over three years at Google where he had a pretty impressive array of responsibilities. According to his LinkedIn profile (which hasn’t been upgraded yet with the news), he:
- Started and managed the Chrome OS project.
- Manage Chrome user interface team.
- Managed Chrome HTML5 apis.
- Started and manage GPU-accelerated 3d APIs for Chrome: O3D, WebGL, etc.
- Started the NativeClient project: Native C++ code for web apps.
What he’s going to be doing at Facebook is anyone’s guess. His background is in web graphics programming which should fit well with the Social Networking site as it strives to become more interactive and available on more devices.
The timing is strange however, with Google’s ChromeOS mere months away. Google’s braintrust has been heading to Facebook in rather significant numbers lately. Google made an effort to avert fears that the Papakipos’s departure would hurt Chrome’s chances of rolling out on time and on spec in the following statement:
Facebook also said in a comment on the matter:
Google currently lists Linus Upson as a vice president of engineering overseeing Google’s browser products including Chrome and Chrome OS.