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Clint Rutkas Returns to Microsoft to Head Windows PowerToys

Former Microsoft Product Manager Clint Rutkas is returning to the company to lead PowerToys, following a brief stint with Facebook.


Earlier this year, one of 's most popular Product Managers left the company and went to work for . However, Clint Rutkas has not spent much time with the social network and is coming back to Redmond.

On Twitter yesterday, Clint Rutkas confirmed he is returning to Microsoft. His new role with the company is Program Manager on , tools designed for power users.

Rutkas was with Microsoft for years, including as Senior PM for the developer platform. In June he decided to move to Facebook as a Developer Advocate. The obvious question about Rutkas' return to Microsoft is why the stint at Facebook was so short?

Of course, Rutkas didn't delve into his time with the social network, simply saying “I decided this was a better fit for me. I love dev tooling,” in a separate tweet yesterday.


Microsoft recently rolled out its re-tooled PowerToys in preview. Two features are part of the preview, which is a reimagining to the suite that has its roots in Windows 95.

With ShortcutGuide, users can hold the Windows key for a customizable amount of time to get a list of keys they can combine it with. This overlay taps into the content on a user's screen, pointing out taskbar elements, shortcuts, and more.

FancyZones is arguably more useful. With it, users can choose between preset window layouts or create their own.

Upcoming features for PowerToys include:

  • Maximize to new desktop widget
  • Process terminate tool
  • Batch file renamer
  • Animated gif screen recorder
Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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