Did Microsoft's Joe Belfiore accidently leak a Windows Phone Blue-8.1 screenshot?

While many Windows Phone 8 users are still awaiting the promised GDR2 update, some people are already looking forward to Windows Phone 8.1, also known as Windows Phone Blue. Earlier today, we posted up a detailed concept of what we would like to see in Windows Phone 8.1 but now it appears that a screenshot of the real thing may have found its way to the Internet from an unlikely source.

The head of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, Joe Belfiore, used his Twitter account to show a screenshot of his own Windows Phone 8 device. The odd thing about the image is that several icons on top of the Start screen, such as wireless signal strength, WiFi connection, and others are all grouped on the far top left side of the screen. In Windows Phone 8, those icons are more spread out on top of the screen.

Belfiore would certainly be one of the best people to test future Windows Phone builds and he might have thought that the Start screen was not enough of a reveal, and didn't bother to notice the groupings of the icons. WPCentral.com claims that, based on their own information, Belfiore's screenshot could in fact be the first public look at Windows Phone 8.1. However, the final version of the OS will likely not be released until sometime in early 2014.

Source: Joe Belfiore on Twitter via WPCentral | Image via Joe Belfiore

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Looks ugly to me with icons overlapping text at the top... yuck. Other than that seems to look okay coming from a multiple device Android 4.3 user.

the icons aren't there though... they only show up when you touch the top part of the screen...the only actual thing that might overlap with text is the Time since its always there, but the phone signal, wifi signal, and battery life go away after a few seconds....its suppose to make the phone experience more relaxed compared to android or iphone when you constantly see the reception and such at top all the god damn time

mantequillas said,
Looks ugly to me with icons overlapping text at the top... yuck. Other than that seems to look okay coming from a multiple device Android 4.3 user.

Said by someone who clearly has never used a Windows Phone before. He's scrolled to the bottom of his start screen, that's why it overlaps and is how it's always been. When you're at the top, they don't overlap.

In other words, expected behaviour, and not "yuck" at all, because if you're scrolling through, the top icons usually aren't your priority anyway.

Its GDR3 since that is what Belfiore would have on his personal device, a recent software build he's testing. He's not dumb enough to start tweeting from early/beta versions of Windows Phone 8.1.

dagamer34 said,
Its GDR3 since that is what Belfiore would have on his personal device, a recent software build he's testing. He's not dumb enough to start tweeting from early/beta versions of Windows Phone 8.1.

I think your logic is flawed as he would definitely have 8.1 already... He likely has the latest build, which likely would go beyond GDR3 since we know later builds exist.

M_Lyons10 said,

I think your logic is flawed as he would definitely have 8.1 already... He likely has the latest build, which likely would go beyond GDR3 since we know later builds exist.

Multiple phones. I talked to a developer on the WP team, and he had multiple phones he carried around... a prototype phone, and an everyday one.

Sure, he could flash his phone with the latest version of Windows Phone every day, but there is little point in doing so for your personal device.

Yeah, it's gotta be GDR3. It's being tested right now and slated for a Q4 2013 release. WP8.1 is supposed to introduce major changes.

Enron said,
Maybe they moved the icons over a little to leave room for the orientation lock indicator.

That is a good one...

Is it just me thinking this...does his start screen look surprisingly boring (or "normal") for someone working in the job he does? Not being mean, just a thought lol.

Well I hope that by the time WP 8.1, if not GDR3, will be available we will have the choice to change the battery icon to show a percentage value as well.

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