Report: Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore to work on IE app development

On Monday, Dean Hachamovitch announced in a blog entry that he was leaving his post at Microsoft as leader of the Internet Explorer team to work on a new but unnamed project for the company. Now a new report claims that Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore will be taking over some of Hachamovitch's IE duties, specifically on app development.

The Verge states, via unnamed sources, that this new move is supposed to expand Belfiore's development role at Microsoft beyond just the Windows Phone division. It adds that while the IE app team will be under his leadership, the IE rendering engine team will remain under Microsoft's core operating systems group. We contacted Microsoft for confirmation of Belfiore's reported new duties but were told by a spokesperson that the company " ... doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation."

The same story also claims that planning for future Windows projects is on hold for the most part until the launch of the Xbox One is completed and the final parts of the "One Microsoft" reorganization are put in place. Microsoft recently unified registration for developers who want to make app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone and this has been seen as a first step towards Microsoft offering a truly unified Windows OS that will cover both PCs and mobile devices.

Source: The Verge

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Having one boss/team working on the UI/UX of the different versions of apps, not just IE on the different platforms is the right move.

A lot of Windows engineer are working on the Xbox One software to get it ready for launch; so putting further Windows planning on hold is not THAT big of a surprise.

Planning for future Windows projects on hold? This has got to be the dumbest possible move ever and just sounds too absurd to be accurate.

On the Tech Crunch article, it says that Joe Belfiore will continue to work on the WP team. So putting projects on hold? I think not. Besides IE is a part of WP and W8.x, and it is one of the areas that needs improvement. IE 10/11 is good enough isn't what they need to beat chrome on standards, speed, and security.

Last I heard, WP8.1 is near completion and being tested by Microsoft/Nokia. And with reports that the WP8 and Windows 8 app store will merge, it probably is a bad time to start any major WP projects.

Obry said,
Planning for future Windows projects on hold? This has got to be the dumbest possible move ever and just sounds too absurd to be accurate.

Don't fall into the hyperbole wormhole of tech news.

His role has just been expanded to include IE and Windows user experience.

This is a rather good move and a good indication that Microsoft is truly fixing some long term wrongs.

Joe was behind some of the more brilliant aspects of the UI/UX development in the past few years. If you compare just the UI/UX differences of the WP Apps to the original Windows 8 Apps, the WP team had it right, the Windows team didn't.

Even with the evolution of the Windows 8.1 Apps, they still need a bit more help, and if anyone is paying attention, they started to get WP features in the last couple of updates, which is why they are far better.

Just saw this tweet to confirm what his role is...

@joebelfiore
everyone asking: I'm still doing phone work, just adding IE & Windows UX as part of my next role focused on "phone/tablet/pc”. #notgoodbye!

Mobius Enigma said,

@joebelfiore
everyone asking: I'm still doing phone work, just adding IE & Windows UX as part of my next role focused on "phone/tablet/pc”. #notgoodbye!

Problem solved.