Joe Belfiore planning something for the Windows Phone community

Joe Belfiore

Now this could be everything, or it could be nothing at all, but Joe Belfiore has teased on Twitter that he may have something for the Windows Phone community (or rather the general public) in the next few days. The manager of the Windows Phone division at Microsoft recently celebrated his Birthday and was greeted by numerous messages on the social network.

To say thank you, Belfiore fire out the following:

So what do you think he could potentially have in store? Sound off your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Twitter (@JoeBelfiore); thank, Samst22, for the tip!


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Joe Belfiore planning something for the Windows Phone community


I'm not really missing Flash on IE10. Videos seem to play just fine, and it's rare that one doesn't play at all.. I really believe in HTML5!

I have respect for Joe for real, he messaged me after telling him about my phone and told me that he would send me a new for my old one..

From the court decisions, Android is being 'B' slapped. It was hilarious that the judge basically told Moto 'your FRAND IP is not as valuable as you think'.

I hope it for the reason they made smartglass...MAKE IT WORK FOR THE WP not just the tablets and PCs....i got HBO for the sole reason lol

I don't think we need more games, that's all I'm saying. I'd rather have a better Facebook app or something. The temple run announcement kind of let me down last time.

I like Joe, he seems like a very personable guy, and I liked that he brought his kids up on stage for the unveil; he seems like a really decent guy. But I also get the impression that he doesn't have a sense of urgency with the Windows Phone market in general (hardware or software) and really wish he was much more aggressive in ensuring Windows Phone gained traction, or replaced by someone who was.

Just my humble 0.02 Microsoft Points.

I dont see the need for a notification center, I see a need for shortcuts to enable/disable hardware tho....
If you want a notification center to see new emails and texts, your using your phone wrong, that is what live tiles are for.

Sorry i meant for the live tiles a better notification for them. I have had android and ios i prefer windows OS to those. But i would love to have the random reboots sorted.

I don't have reboot problems, phone just hangs. Alarms don't work, missed my plane because my phone crashed and alarm failed!

Here is what happens when Joe does this.  He gets everyone excited for their [INSERT APP HERE] app. Then one of two things happen..
1.  App is delayed/takes a while -> some complain
2.  App is released -> Some dissapointed it wasn't their app. (some happy)
So in either case, people are discontent.  It would make more sense not to give nebulous app announcements because then when the app is released noone expects it and everyone waiting for it is happy and noone is let down with dissapointment.
If Joe really wants to hang a carrot out on a stick to give us something to look forward to, he should at least tell us what is the carrot. 
Now he has us playing a version of the game, "Lets Make a Deal" and we don't know whats behind door #3. No Whammies... No Whammies.. Stop!   (Sorry had to mix two old gameshows there:)

We should get an Android emulator for Nokia devices! (breaks Googles TOS, so said manufacturer can't sell any android phones)

Please -- enough with the games, instagram, etc.!  What I'd like would be good old-fashioned productivity boosters: a file manager, automated sound profiles, improved calendar, notification center, call whitelist/blacklist, etc.

pic stitch just got added 35th most popular app on iOS, i dont think thats what hes teasing us about.

I think it will be (If it is a anything) the new cut the rope: time travel. It just dropped for iOS and android. Timing fits. I'd much rather draw something 2 though. That also has just released on iOS. My gut feeling is its either of the two.

I would like to see the Windows Enthusiast Program and let the public test GDR2 but, I know what "gift" he is going to give us.....
Windows Phone 9 will be released in fall and you need a new device WP8 devices will not handle it :( 
Right before the Verizon Lumia 928 comes out, already outdated before released....

It is sad that  Andoroid platform is getting to a point where you control the device without touching the screen or eyes movement, whereas Windows phone platform users are excited about apps like Instagram and Temple Run. WP not only needs a huge leap  ahead of all these shortcomings, but something innovative that would give users a reason to switch or even try. At this point, even if MS throws in Notifications, its going to be "too late to the party" material.
Love WP, but hate this situation.

Facebook Home is basically a knock off version of the excellent People/Social integration already found in WP

I find it stupid how so many people hate Joe Belfiore now just because he got them excited over 1 not so great app. It was one time and maybe he just made it sound really exciting because he thought it was really cool and everyone thought oh this is something people want. When he tweeted about temple run that sounded more like I'm excited for this new thing coming to windows phone not this is something you've been wanting on WP and people got excited then were let down and cant get over it.

Well my wish is simple! The ability to change txt message tones to something other than the standard crap!

I would settle for an OS update. People hub enabled to like individual pictures. Facebook app to share posts, creation of albums and upload of multiple pictures in Facebook. Zoom on month calendar view. Skype chat integration to message hub. Podcast support outside USA.

How could Blue come before GDR2?? The order is: GDR1 (Portico), GDR2, then Windows Phone Blue. GDR2 is due out in the summer.

I doubt that it is Instagram... Microsoft and Nokia know all too well how much this is sought after on the OS that there would be a ton more Hubbub about it coming in a few days.

I just came off android, windows phone 8 is so much better, but I do miss having a notification centre so maybe that would be nice or swiftkey or a better whatsapp

Thinking its definitely instagram this time, picstitch goes hand in hand wth instagram. So we enjoy it, learn how to use it over the weekend and BOOM on Monday or Tuesday all our hard work in picstitch pays off by being able to post to instagram.

Spoiler alert! I've Heard it is the new game Balance from Sparw Creations! Either that or it's instagram, but im not sure :)

He'll pick a few people who've sent him birthday wishes and give them a Windows Phone phone! (I love saying that! :D I feel like I'm rebelling against the English language!)