Back to Mobile View
Subscribe to the CrunchBase Daily for the latest on Fundings, Acquisitions, and Startup Events

General Information



University of Washington
Computer Science

Current Companies

Corporate Vice President, Core Search Program Management
President and Chief Executive Officer

Former Companies

Advisory board member
Corporate Vice President, Applications Division

Web Presences


Brian MacDonald

As corporate vice president of Core Search Program Management, Brian MacDonald leads the program management team, overseeing the product feature set design and strategy for Live Search.

MacDonald joined Microsoft in 1989 when the company he co-founded was acquired by Microsoft, along with the full rights to the program they were developing which became Microsoft Project. Upon joining Microsoft he led the Project development team for its first two versions. Microsoft Project was an immediate success as customers gravitated to its unique design that provided a toolkit for doing project management in a variety of ways rather than dictating a single methodology. Project has been an industry leading project management solution since its release in 1991.

After releasing the 2.0 version of Project, MacDonald conceived of the product that became Microsoft Outlook and served as General Manager of the Microsoft Outlook team for its first release. MacDonald’s push to combine previously separate Personal Information Management and E-mail categories transformed how people think about and use e-mail.

MacDonald’s other work at Microsoft as vice president included working on subscription services, producing a billing system, hosted Exchange and incubating the project that became Microsoft Infopath. MacDonald left Microsoft in 2001 and was involved with board roles in several startups and returned in 2007 lured back by the opportunity to change how users interact with Search.

Recent Milestones



Edit This Page
Last Edited 10/7/13

Revision History RSS Picture


Share this page on Twitter or Facebook:
Or copy this code to embed a widget: customize ยป

TechCrunch Posts TechCrunch Logo Small Picture

External Links

CrunchBase API


Become a Sponsor
Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Licensing Policy