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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WinFan1 says:

Ooh ooh instagram!!! Lol nosah hahaha

RaRa85 says:

If this is another "Temple Run" scam I'm going to punch him in the nose.lol

phing77 says:

i would be very thankful if it is Temple Run 2 instead of Instagram

RaRa85 says:

Well that would be acceptable seeing as how it's not completely old. Just don't hype us up for something outdated even if it is popular.

RaphaelChaia says:

Something that big will need both your hands...

inb4: maybe it has something to do with the may 14th announcement? 

ncxcstud says:

Instagram! Someone had to say it...

WinFan1 says:

Beat you to it lol

Jnbs says:

That will make me mad... I just bought instagraph

WinFan1 says:

You probably spend more money on coffee :/ relax

Jnbs says:

Whoops I forgot the "j.k".. Lol..

willied says:

Not everyone drinks coffee. :P

rubenbest says:

This or insragram

Solidstate89 says:

Who the hell needs it? The third party apps available are even better than the First Party YT apps available for both Android or iOS.

True, but the OS is designed to launch YouTube links in the official app, not in third party ones, so having an official app that can also handle those redirect links would be something special for a lot of people.

R0bR says:

Wrong, if you click a YouTube link and don't have YouTube installed it tells you to install the app. We need the option in the OS to allow us to choose the app we want to use.

cuzincurly says:

joking aside, I wish it's instagram or a wp update :)

allen chace says:

The app itself wouldn't be a big deal. However, google has already said they had no plans for wp. if an offical youtube app from google where to come, it'd be a big deal just because it would show that google is willing to program for wp. (Could lead to maps, gmail, etc.)

Agent-P says:

I'd rather have Vine.

bono5112 says:

Agreed +1000

Lilleverden says:

It's NOT instagram, NEW Facebook app OR snapchat.

Montpbm says:

Yes a new Facebook app!

beej says:

Yeah, I'd love a new, native FB app. That would be great.

Quin 2013 says:

Could be iHeartRadio.
iHeartRadio told me that they will release soon.

Although I would love a new and improved Facebook (even though there is a new one that came out a few days ago, but it isn't MS's fb).

Ben Kolo says:

+1 for snapchat

Yep, now that we have Instagram to fill the Instagraph Void we need snapchat. Was just in SoCal this week for work and every one of my co-workers were snapchating constantly (and using Instagram every 5 minutes) 
What I want is a new Facebook App, maybe a WP version of home (remember the rumors a while back that Microsoft may have been giving FB more access to WP that most developers, including the ability to alter some functions).

MarkAllett says:

Probably a throwaway comment that he'll regret!

lin0x says:

Thats is what i thought exactly.

50000 says:

Actually this Joe guy is a well known internet troll who gets Windows Phone users' hopes up then craps all over them.

sirgrant618 says:

For the love of God, snapchat and instagram. All my friends make fun of me for not having it :(

sirgrant618 says:

Related: I have really awesome and sympathetic friends.

WinFan1 says:

Really cuz my friends are ignorant douches lol lucky you.

Jnbs says:

Wow.. Get new friends.. Or show them some exclusive apps games that you have in exchange..

WinFan1 says:

i do but it doesnt mean much to them when they are just social whores that crave instagram.

Jnbs says:

You know what I hate about Instagram.. One posts a beautiful paradisiac place and receives a couple of likes and the girl next door posts a screenshot and she gets hundreds of likes.. It just makes me mad.. Also, social networks are mainly to make females' egos bigger since they get TONS of attention

WinFan1 says:

you know i completely agree with you. i like dabbling in photography but havent had an opprotunity to go out and just mess with my camera so all i ever have is my 920. i take pictures of nature, you know like creeks and landscapes, and etc... and no one has like my photos, you got dimwitted teens posting a single pic of themselves touching their leg or with swimwear and its like a zillion likes and its like.... If you wanna see naked girls so bad just use the internet.....you will get alot more for your buck you know what i mean? anyone who says this is for "the social network" is just kidding themselves into thinking that they have some fictional popularity that really isnt there. i dont understand how people can live in those fictional worlds.

ladydias says:

Very true. I weep for my fellow females. :-( A young girl posting pics of herself on the internet is asking for a heap of trouble.

WinFan1 says:

Yeah unfortunate because you consider elegant beauty is so much better than being naked or partially naked in photos. They need to let themselves be respected instead demand it without meriting it.

ladydias says:

I wish I could drum that into the heads of a few women I know because I honestly get tired of them complaining to me about no one respecting them.

WinFan1 says:

Lol you and me both lady

Flagz says:

+1, my friends are addicted to Gravity Guy 2. Well, so am I.  Glad I bought it, after the horrid experience with the trash that is Gravity Guy 1, I was happy that the sequel is amazing. Hope it's alot of things, but I think it'll be a good release.

Montpbm says:

Hahahah yeah maybe u should think about getting a new circle lol.. Jk!

WinFan1 says:

nah there big old douches but...in a way.... they are my douches know what i mean? :D

RedVagabond says:

haha there has GOT to be a better way to phrase that ;P

orejas666 says:

where is the fun in uploading pictures of your food?

WP95 says:

im on the exact same boat as you.

NIST says:

Is it a sushi boat?

procen says:

You're making me hungry :-P

Jamdot says:

Halo/Forza/Fable/Gears/Keflings/Peggle for WinPhone.

Though shitty filters for low resolution square photos is more likely.

ade333 says:

Peggle would be awesome

Mitukya says:

Yes, please!  I love Peggle! :D

Rem97 says:

WP needs halo!

SymoClod says:

His resignation perhaps? I know..I'm mean.

Montpbm says:

Hahaha lmbo!

Sharpmango says:

Well, that escalated quickly :P

Dare2Blink says:

Lol nice . Comments like these alone make the comment section worth reading :P

taymur says:

Hahahahhahaha, that's really funny!

Duffau says:

I don't get it...

ricardios says:

This guy is the man. Whatever it is I'm excited. First it was Pandora, then temple run.

amirhj says:

And a good video player to support mkv, mp4 & ...

Solidstate89 says:

It already supports MP4 fine, I don't know what the hell you're talking about. It's even listed as a suported file container on the Windows Phone website. What it needs is one that supports MKV though.

RyanAMG says:

All I want is wav files. Can't check work VM when I'm out of the office without taking my laptop or my old android with me.

Haxcid says:

Talk to your exchane administrator and have him change the save format for voice mails to mp3. No one uses wav files anymore.

mrshamoozoo says:

vlc is coming. just gotta wait a little longer

jayruguitar says:

How about wav file support?  It'd be nice to listen to a work VM on my WP8 device as I could on my previous WP7 device.

Haxcid says:

Your exchange admin is lazy. Have him change over to mp3.
I make the assumption you are using exchange and unified communications services (lync, voip office phones, etc)

kaynachtsman says:

A working Facebook app would ne nice :)

JacksonSQD says:

Am I the only person who prefers using the website over an app for Facebook?

ernica says:

I want to flood my facebook timeline with pics of my dog, landscapes and food... Well, maybe not food. I eat at home anyway...

Flash support? Ha ha.

ernica says:

Maybe Flash and Silverlight.

jsnod25 says:

Already runs Silverlight, and flash is being replaced by HTML5 so there's no need for flash any more. There is a reason you can watch YouTube videos, they switched over to HTML5 and WP supports it in IE10....

ernica says:

Yeah, I know about Flash... It was just a joke...
*but i didnt know WP suport silverlight

aschettler says:

It doesn't support in-browser Silverlight. Many apps are made using a subset of Silverlight APIs that were baked into WP APIs.

invertme says:

Silverlight is going the same way as flash - not needed with html5.

pookiewood says:

Subway Surfer! ;)

Would love this game on my 920!

The best thing he can do for the community is to leave Microsoft anf to get hired by Apple and do there exactly what he does in Microsoft - it wlil destroy Apple in a matter of a second like an atomic bomb. 

diplomat696 says:

Really......dumb comment

Alex_Middle says:

I bet you don't know shit about Joe Belfiore. He was in my opinion the best speaker in any conference, also he said something and he delivered. I love his work on WP I say keep it up

sirgrant618 says:

Hear hear! I think he's a wonderful speaker. His passion for the platform really shows. I don't think the slowness of these releases has anyhting to do with bad leadership, but becuase of a less competent WP team in general than compared to the Windows team. At least that is what P. Thurrott suggested.

Warren Dance says:

Awesome the guy can talk, I think we need something more than a guy that talks like an America Pie advert. He could talk like a depressed 14 year old nerd, but as long as the apps are delivered, that's all I'd care about.

WinFan1 says:

Why don't you go and talk to these app companies and have them make apps for WP? It isn't clear cut since app developers have leverage on Microsoft to extort them for money. It isn't just getting the app on windows phone its getting a high quality application on windows phone.

astroXP says:

Are you still talking about Joe Belfiore? It doesn't seem though.

ktl88 says:

Seeing his last time's tease for a super old Temple Run, I doubt its something out of the box that we're waiting for.

mjfadaway says:

Probably just a new Yelp app or somethin silly lol

FinancialP says:

Maybe the early update program for enthusiast they promised last year?

inteller says:

one year is only two weeks in Microsoft time.

edjr07 says:

I'm hoping for that.

woodbane says:

This is what I was thinking also.

inteller says:

maybe he is finally making good on the PROMISE to provide early update access to enthusiasts.

jlynnm350z says:

Here we go again

Sarang68 says:

Well,as long as its not restricted to U.S only i will be happy.

jcsoriano18 says:

I don't know. Too many hiccups and broken promises...which makes me passive towards this guy. At least he occasionally replies or DM's back.

inteller says:

pretty much.  Nice guy I'm sure but doesn't deliver.

Whatever it is will be cheered and jeered by all, because:
1. It will be wanted by some but ho-hum to others.
2. It will be accused of being "about time" or "too little too late".
3. It will be accused of being "buggy" or "lackluster" features.
Sadly, I fear people just aren't appreciative as they should be.

gerzhwin says:

Right you are.

89caps says:

4. Restricted by region
5. WP8 only

Quin 2013 says:

Nokia Lumia owner only.


allos autos says:

Sadly, this is true of most things. Appreciation and understanding are lost arts.

oblend says:

I agree. Its like some people think its Joe's job oversee the development of products that customers want. Microsoft is doing us all a favor by letting us purchase these phones. We should thank them no matter what they produce.

Onerunjunior says:

Is he finally going to add features to Windows Phone and make it even remotely competitive? I haven't seen him accomplish anything noteworthy in the last 8 months, so I hope he does something soon. Getting real tired of waiting for some very basic features...

thaman04 says:

umm... wtf?  Troll much?   What 'very basic' features are we missing?  Yes, there's features they can add... but 'very basic' and 'competitive' features we have tons of with Windows Phone 8.

Onerunjunior says:

Go look up the word troll, then stop using it. As far as basic features to, we can't change any sounds to what we want them on the Lumia 920 but the default ringtone. If you think that's not a basic feature, your lying to yourself. That was a common feature 10 years ago almost. Windows Phone is way behind, and that's the tip of the iceberg. What does Belfiore give us? A two year old Teple Run game, and a single update that gave us zero feature additions that were worth a few months of testing. 

thaman04 says:

If you're crying about custom sounds... then that's pretty sad.  Sure that's a "nice to have", but it's not a showstopper and doesn't make a phone "way behind".  They focus on the most important and key features before providing stuff like that.  Also, you're whining about Temple Run, while many people are happy we have it now.  If you're not happy then go jump to another platform instead of calling it "way" behind for 'nice to have' basic features.  We already have lots of unique features and all the key features we need to be on par with the other competitors, now it's just adding the 'nice to haves', growth and more apps.  Sit down and calm yourself.

Jamdot says:

If a dumbphone can do it its not a 'nice to have' feature, its a 'why the fuck isn't it available on a 2013 phone that retails for £500' feature.

Onerunjunior says:

No, it's not a "nice to have" it's a basic function that has existed on smartphones for 10 years.

Haxcid says:

Wait... You cannot load custom ring tones into a WP8 phone? I do not actually own a WP8 device. I am an Android user, I just support the WP8 cause. But for real you cannot load custom ringtones? My wife has a 30 dollar flip phone with a sd card and it allows custom MP3 ringtones... If this is true... this is sad...

Onerunjunior says:

Nope. The default ringtone and wake up alarm tones are the only ones you can change. Pretty sad they can't even add that in a phone sold in 2013.

aschettler says:

Yes, you can load custom ringtones to it. You just can't use them for texts and calendar alerts.

MSfiend says:

I create customs ringtones all the time with the easy ring app, we just can't create custom SMS tones, which I would desire more then ringtones.

I'd be pretty dissappointed if they addressed this before a notification centre or improving the music + videos experience. Such a minor feature for me, personally.

Onerunjunior says:

I agree with you, music and video experience is downright awful. For me anyway. I don't have podcasts on my phone simply because the experience is absolutely terrible. I don't mean they should devote all their time to this one feature, but they are missing so many basic ones that they should have released an update to include them a very long time ago. It's way past time to have implemented them. If they don't have the 5 or so basics that I want, I guess I'll go somewhere else because if they can't do that, I have little faith they are trying elsewhere. So far I've seen nothing but two year old games as their big releases so I'm optimistic things can change quickly, but very cautious that they will. So far Nokia is the one doing all the updating. They are iterating super quickly and Microsoft has done absolutely nothing worth talking about yet. Not a good sign. 

Nokia has an app for that.

Onerunjunior says:

Joe Belfiore doesn't work for Nokia, so it doesn't matter what they have.

mrshamoozoo says:

custom sms tones is my biggest gripe and a huge oversight

krishna6233 says:

Dnt act like wp8 is perfect !
no custom sms tone(i'll adjust ..no prb but still basic)
no filemanager(wish it had ..its ok if they dnt want to add)
no separate volume cntrl (WTF??)
no fully functional fb app
nibuzz doesnot have call feature
missing t9 text input(need this atleast using some app ..no proper app avlb tat merges with system)
no fm radio,notification centre(waitin for GDR2)
for sending videos via bluetooth ,it should in the pictures folder again WTF?

Montpbm says:

I know what u mean..

MacDaMachine says:

You think Joe sits at his desk coding up new apps? He didn't give you Temple Run, Imangi Studios did.

thaman04 says:

Exactly... some people just don't get how business works.

Onerunjunior says:

Yeah, Joe Belfiore being the main one. Customers expect basic features and haven't been given them. Basic business 101.

aschettler says:

Joe Belfiore is the Developer Evangelist for the company. He's not the product director or the development team. His job is to get all of the 2nd and 3rd party developers on board developing apps for the platform, not adding your features.

Onerunjunior says:

Then he isn't doing a very good job when his big releases are two year old games.

Onerunjunior says:

I know what he doesn't do behind his desk, and that's push the platform forward and get us customers things that should have been there from day one. We haven't gotten a single update that's added any new basic features they lack since it came out. We should have gotten these things months ago, and Joe has only talked about getting two year old IP on the platform since it was released to the public. How long is it going to take, and how many people are going to buy phones that are missing basic features before they leave? I left iOS after 5 years to try something new, and while I really like WP8 a lot for various reason, the little fit and finish things like custom email tones is really annoying me. 6 months is more than enough time to push out updates to add the basics back in, and if they aren't by the time my interact is out I'm leaving because there's no excuse for that. We've gotten exactly zero updates that have provided anything of serious value, and Joe tweets about getting old IP as if its something special?

tmccaghren says:

By "custom email tones," I assume you refer to individualized (one tone for Gmail, one for outlook, etc.), because I have been able to add all sorts of different tones to my phone from day one. I was able to do that on wp7 and wp8.

In any case, I feel that custom tones is a really small, nit-picky thing. If I receive an email notification tone, my lock screen shows me which account has the email (my Gmail, outlook, and hotmail all have different icons). I don't need an individual sound when I see well enough which account has new emails to check.

You know which phone I had the hardest time adding tones to? The iPhone 5. I didn't like the fact that I needed to have the darn thing strapped to my laptop in order to add the tones through iTunes.

Onerunjunior says:

No, you can't change any alert tone in Windows Phone 8. You can add all the tones you want to the phone, you just can't use them on anything. You cannot change the email tone on any account on WP8, you can't change the SMS tone at all. The only sound you can change that the phone makes is the default ringtone. You obviously dont own a WP8 device because this isn't possible.
If you had a hard time adding tones to the iPhone, you can't use a computer. You can make a tone right inside iTunes with any audio file you can find. It's literally like three clicks to do so. I can't add tones to my Lumia 920 without a laptop either, so that isn't a knock against the iPhone in any way. I don't like iTunes at all, but saying that's a ding against the iPhone is disengenuous when WP8 requires you to be plugged into a computer to accomplish the exact same thing.
If it's nitpicky to you then that's fine, but it can't be done and that's a serious oversight even if you don't think it is. It's a very big complaint with WP8.

tmccaghren says:

I'm a level II support tech; I assure you, I CAN use a computer, and that wasn't my point anyway. I was able to add tones to my phone without a PC (there are apps if you know where to look), but not with iPhone. That was my nitpick with it. If you think that's disingenuous, then that's your opinion, but I didn't like it. Relatively easy to do, but annoying.
I did own a WP8 device, but admittedly not for long.
My mistake, I saw options for choosing the tones, but never having felt the need to edit them, I didn't look at the list. Plenty of custom ringtones, yes, but only the alert tones can be chosen for the text, email, and vm. Sorry for contradicting you earlier.
I guess it was just never important to me to be able to edit that.

Onerunjunior says:

You can get ringtones directly on the iPhone anyway through the App store, so that point is invalid anyway. Oh, and those sames tones you can get directly on an iPhone can be used everywhere a custom made one can so that dislike of the way the iPhone works is completely irrlevant and incorrect right off the bat. But saying that it's worse because you have to click a mouse a few times versus searching for apps "if you know where to look" is a strike against the iPhone is pretty much picking and choosing how you want to see a circumstance.
Literally nothing on WP8 can be changed but the default ringtone, and the alarm alerts. WP8 is sorely lacking here, and you've gotten the iPhone all wrong with adding content to it. You don't have to hook it up for anything other than music you already own, and you can sync over wifi without pulling it out of your pocket. Something Windows Phone 8 can't do. So it's even further behind than iOS (obviously). I seriously doubt you've ever even owned an iPhone because it's been a very long time since you've been required to plug an iPhone into a computer to do anything other than factory restore one. Everything can be done over wifi, and has since the iPhone 4 if I remember right.

tmccaghren says:

Onerun, I am done talking with you. There is nothing fruitful about this conversation whatsoever, and it has devolved into not a conversation of the merits of either OS, but your burning need to be right about a relatively irrelevant feature. I wish you the best in your ventures, but do not feel the need to talk to you further.

Onerunjunior says:

If he's excited enough to tweet that were getting a "huge" app and it turns out to be Te,ple Run, I'm more than happy to hold him accountable for it. People are asking for basic features and instead of addressing their concerns he takes time out of his day to announce the "huge" app we are getting is a two year old game. Not even the new one! He took it upon himself to be the face of Windows Phone on twitter and be the spokesperson for the platform, not telling us when they'll reach basic feature parity in the market and instead hype a two year old game is more than enough reason to lay blame on him. I don't want games, I want basic functions.

MacDaMachine says:

Lmao. Okay man whatever helps you feel better.

Haxcid says:

Onerun is right. I am now reconsidering switching. Temple run, instacrap, fatbook are all crap I could care less about but basic functions like assigning various sounds depending on the notification is a basic function that android had since day one, and is an exceptionally import function to me. it is how I tell if I need to get my phone out of my pocket, unlike others I do not live with the thing in my hand 24/7. I drag my phone out for work emails, phone calls, and text messages. By sound I can tell which is which so I am not dragging it out to see that I have been invited to farmville again by some cow I went to high school with or someone wants to challenge me in a game of words with not really my friends, or my oldest friend asking me to allow him to add my birthday which is literally 9 days before his to his calendar but all I have to do is download some POS fatbook app.
/what now seem like a bitter rant against facebook....
Fatbook = facebook where all the people you went to highschool with add you and you notice that all can seriously displace some water in a swimming pool.

Onerunjunior says:

When you're the head of a division, the buck stops with you. It's his department, he's accountable for whatever happens there. No matter how big or small. It's been that way for many, many years. Doesn't make me feel better, though.

Amran Nagal says:

If you guys have noticed he stressed on the you by making it "YOU". For all we know it might be a YouTube app. The likely hood of this happening is quite low, but its still a possibility. That's if google has some sudden love for Microsoft.

izzykahn says:

Good thinking! I still hope it's Instagram. :(

Btw, where did he mentioned that its for windows phone community? I guess 'YOU' means, all his fans.
Anyway, Happy birthday wishes for him.

Xaphoon148 says:

Nah... Joe is putting out a picture of the flowers he got... ;)

cxily says:

Him feature in the daily Bing image!
At least I won't be disappointed...

Tjalsma says:

Does anyone even know what "huge app" he was hinting at about a month or so ago that was said to be announced in a few days, then delayed, then never announced?
I don't feel the excitement regarding all of these "announcements" that everyone else does, I think maybe because I don't really consider the WP to be lacking.

raul_junior says:

Ya it was tample run

Some kind of app for free or an exclusive deal, nothing Groundbreaking for sure.

dinod says:

Blue Stacks

mab664 says:

Early access to OS updates for enthusiasts. •promised like a year ago...

Uglazgrin says:

for the love of god let it be snapchat for WP8... I would much prefer that to instagram. Even though there has been no word on snaptchat for WP... A guy can dream right?

raul_junior says:

There has been a word snapchat on twitter said they were "meeting with the windows guys" back in February so it might be it

izzykahn says:

I'm thinking Instagram. It's rumored to come out next month anyway.

ernica says:

Oh, thats true! I've forgot about that rumor.

The user Instagram is taken for the developer usernames so it could be instagram using it, but then again anyone could use the username Instagram.

Samst22 says:

I'm hoping GDR3 release including support for 1080p resolution screen before big nokia announcement on the 14th of may!

pr0phecy says:

Official Notification Center! (a dude can dream no?)

Montpbm says:

Yes that would be nice!

CommonBlob says:

I hope its a slice of cake.

Exactly what I was thinking.

MrDaedra says:

I hope it will be GDR2 update.

MrVol84 says:

At this point I think it HAS to be instagram. - "the next few days" hmm.. How long could that mean?

druger81 says:

At LEAST a month. Lol

cannon#WP says:

Whatever it is, I'm sure us 7.x'ers will be very disappointed.

Warren Dance says:

Yeah, I'm still pissed every new Xbox game doesn't release on the original Xbox..

cannon#WP says:

Apples and oranges. Try again.

Warren Dance says:

Exactly the same thing, just get over it.

zvery777 says:

Facebook home I think

Jazmac says:

I wonder which version of Temple Run he'll announce this time. I have to say I don't have high expectations from much that dude says anymore.

izzykahn says:

Lol! I agree a bit with you! You expect something big, and then once it drops, you may end up with your heart dropping. I want the whole temple run franchise soon.

Free Catwalks for all!

raul_junior says:

I love jow he's so nice

guidorobben says:

Something for your avatar.

I hope it is a new top notch  Nokia Phone for Verizon and a marketing team for the retailers to teach them about the Windows Phone, most of the retailers don't know or don't want to know for one reason or the other.  They are great phones, just get a new one out there.

Quin 2013 says:

The Nokia Lumia 920(something) is always easy coming to Verizon.

That's top of the line right there!

bilzkh says:

Just give IE10 on WP8 flash and I'll be happy forever.