Bill Bliss


Partner Platform Architect


Bill Bliss is the Platform Architect and Head of the Developer Ecosystem for Microsoft Teams. He is a founding member of the Microsoft Teams team, helped define the Teams developer platform, the Microsoft Graph APIs for Teams, and the schemas/protocol powering the Microsoft Bot Framework. He rejoined Microsoft in late 2013, after a nearly 10-year absence, serving in executive roles ranging from startups to Expedia and VMware. Before 2003, Bill worked over 16 years at Microsoft in a variety of senior technology and management roles, including starting MSN Search and growing it from zero to over 100 million queries per day, more than $100M in annual revenue, and 34 international markets in 13 languages. Prior to MSN Search, he was a founding member of the team that designed and built the first two versions of Microsoft Outlook, and holds nine U.S. patents related to Microsoft Outlook. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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