Windows Mobile camera chief moves back to Nokia for Ozo project

As Microsoft continues to de-emphasize its mobile hardware operations through mission revisions and layoffs, one particular employee’s move through the revolving door seems to have made waves.

Juha Alarkarhu, who most recently directed Microsoft’s Phones Imaging unit, has announced that he has moved back to Nokia as Head of Imaging and Presence Capture, working on the company’s enterprise-focused virtual reality gear called “Ozo“.

Alarkarhu was hired at Nokia in 2004 and led its Imaging Technologies division from 2011 to 2014. After Microsoft acquired the Devices and Services unit, he then directed Technology Development at the company’s Helsinki campus before moving to Redmond for the Phones Imaging job in September of last year.

He oversaw the implementation of optimized digital zoom interpolation in Lumia devices, the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel camera and pretty much anything PureView-related as applicable. He also worked on the iris scanner for the Lumia 950.

It’s still quite possible that we’ll continue to see great optical products within Windows 10 Mobile phones of the future — namely, one Surface Phone that may or may not exist. But we don’t know how much progress will be made beyond here.

Source: LinkedIn
Via: Windows Central

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