Microsoft Corp hired a key Apple Inc engineer. The idea is to design its own chips for its servers, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday.

The hired engineer by the software giant is Mike Filippo. He has worked for Apple for over two years.

Microsoft is working on in-house processors for the servers running its cloud-computing services and Surface line of personal computers

The move to hire Filippo implies that the company is accelerating a push to create homegrown chips for its servers powering Azure cloud computing services.

Filippo started his career as a CPU designer at chip designer AMD in 1996. Before joining Apple, he has worked at Intel and UK-based ARM Ltd, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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