Mark Vitazko

I work on the Cloud + AI team at Microsoft, designing experiences for enterprise speech, voice hardware, and mixed reality.

 

2016

Joined the HoloLens Design team to help enterprise partners build mixed reality experiences for their customers.

2014

Joined the Windows Internet of Things team to incubate cloud-connected hardware, voice experiences, and tools.

2012

Moved to Microsoft to design core apps, concepts, and developer guidance for Windows Phone.

2010

Started at General Electric, designing home energy and smart appliance products.


 

Current Work


Azure Cognitive Services

Developer tools

Leading the design of ML-based tools for customizable speech recognition (speech-to-text) and voice generation (text-to-speech).

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Selected Projects


Mixed Reality Partner Program

Developer experience

Led the design of Microsoft's first Mixed Reality certification program, mentoring 120+ enterprise companies and design agencies about VR and AR design.

 

Cortana Developers Tools

Cortana Skills Kit
Cortana Devices SDK

Cortana + Bots

Shipped the first developer experience for Cortana, designing tools to help developers and enterprise partners build conversational experiences.

 

Windows + The Internet of Things

Design strategy

Developed a framework for Microsoft leadership to understand the potential of enterprise and consumer cloud-connected hardware.

 

Past Projects + Teams


HoloLEns + Volumetric Video

Technical workshop

Designed a week-long workshop teaching enterprise partners about the use of volumetric video in mixed reality.

 

Ambient Devices

Product incubation

Designed experiences (mobile, voice, and device) for consumer voice hardware, in collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia and Microsoft China.

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Microsoft Ventures

Mentor (Fall '14, IoT)
Mentor (Summer '15, Digital Work
)

Mentored hardware and SaaS startups on product design, in collaboration with Microsoft Ventures.

 

Cortana

'Cortana Reminders'
Notifications
Productivity concepts

Shipped consumer voice experiences for Cortana on Windows and Windows Phone.

 

Windows Phone

Camera

Shipped the Camera experience in Windows Phone 8.1, in collaboration with Nokia engineering.

 

Windows Phone DevelopeRS

Windows Phone Developer Center
Windows Phone Store
Strategic partnerships

Delivered design guidance to Windows Phone developers and worked closely with major app partners (including Facebook, Instagram, Pandora, Pinterest, Sonos, Spotify, Twitter, and more).

Writing


Expanding the Design Process for Mixed Reality
How to help your team ideate, communicate, and avoid paradigms when designing mixed reality experiences.

Representing Humans in Mixed Reality
The importance of volumetric video and authentic human capture.

Shared Experiences in Mixed Reality
Understanding the opportunity (and complexity) of designing for shared scenarios.

The Pursuit of More Personal Computing
How Microsoft’s bet on mixed reality creates new opportunities for designers and developers.


For a complete list of projects + teams, find me on LinkedIn.