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Microsoft Mobile Labs director Jensen Harris leaves the company to launch a new startup

Microsoft Mobile Labs director Jensen Harris leaves the company to launch a new startup

Microsoft will soon have to find a new head for its mobile labs, as Jensen Harris, the director of Microsoft Mobile Labs will be leaving the company after 16 years of service. Harris will be leaving Microsoft next week to launch his own company Texio. The company hopes to launch its first product by spring next year.

Harris spent 16 years with the company, where he worked on a range of products including Office, Outlook, Windows User Experience, and Windows operating system. “I’ve worked my entire adult life at Microsoft,” Harris said. “I got to play with a lot of the toys that I wanted to play with.”

Harris is joined by former Amazon employee Kieran Snyder, who he had worked with on Office productivity suite. Textio will essentially scan company documents to find patterns – in job description, performance, among other things in them. At the company, Snyder will be the CEO, while Harris will take the position of technology chief.  “There is big opportunity in the HR space with respect to bias, but there are other interesting opportunities as well,” Harris said.

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