Microsoft's Lumia Imaging guru, Juha Alakarhu, leaves to join Nokia

Although Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia was ultimately a bust, and the Windows phones that resulted failed to gain traction in the market, one area where the Redmond company was unequivocally successful was in producing smartphones with some of the best optics on the market. Arguably, Juha Alakarhu, head of the Lumia Imaging group that came along with the Nokia acquisition back in the day, had a great deal to do with ensuring that Windows phones could take great pictures.

Now, as he announced on Twitter, Alakarhu is leaving Microsoft to join back up with Nokia. Specifically, he'll be joining the team that's creating Nokia's new Ozo 360-degree camera technology.

We wish Alakarhu the best in his future endeavors, and we're grateful for the excellent Lumia cameras that he's helped us enjoy over the years. At the same time, we're also sad to see yet another sign that Microsoft's Windows phone division is being relegated to a business-oriented aspect of its "cloud-first, mobile-first" productivity platform strategy. Let us know in the comments how you feel about Alakarhu's departure.

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