What has Joe Belfiore got lined up for Windows Phone users?

If you’re a fan of Windows Phone, you’ll likely already be familiar with Joe Belfiore. If you’re not, well, he’s the corporate vice-president heading up Microsoft's Windows Phone team and, of course, a passionate proponent and evangelist of what the platform has to offer to developers, end-users and organisations.

Joe celebrated his birthday this week and was besieged by messages and tweets from well-wishers from around the globe. In a tweet to his followers, he took the opportunity to thank those who had got in touch – but added a rather intriguing teaser that’s certainly piqued our interest:

Oh Joe, you tease!

It’s anyone’s guess what he’s got in mind, of course. Could it be an exciting new app, such as Instagram? Might it be news of the Windows Phone preview program that he promised back at the Windows Phone 8 announcement in June 2012, offering early access to OS updates for "registered enthusiasts"? Is he perhaps referring to the imminent launch of the Nokia Lumia 928? Or will it be something entirely different?

Let us know your thoughts below! 

Source: @JoeBelfiore | via WPCentral

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Probably some phone on a restricted carrier w/ a 2-year contract or a cheap phone that can't run some apps based on cheap hardware.

M_Lyons10 said,
Ooh... I hope it's the early access program. It's very disappointing that hasn't gotten off the ground.

Especially now that Nokia locked down Navifirm...

Hmm, Navifirm worked not to long ago, getting an authorization error now -.-....
Common Nokia, being able to directly download the ROMs and flashing your Nokia was one of your strong points...damnit.

Shadowzz said,
Hmm, Navifirm worked not to long ago, getting an authorization error now -.-....
Common Nokia, being able to directly download the ROMs and flashing your Nokia was one of your strong points...damnit.

I began getting the error message last Monday.... IMO big mistake by Nokia; I agree that the ability to download firmwares was a great plus to choose Nokia over others.

Dunno but I'm not holding my breath. I'm pro MS all the way but these teases usually end up in disappointment. Teases are pointless. Cut the crap and just say "X is coming" and "You'll be getting X by end of summer" or whatever. Been burned by the teasing too much.

27. XBOX requirements and branding should be mandatory for all game submission over time. Multiplayer solutions and communication methods while gaming on Windows Phone should be a hassle free experience for both developers and gamers in the platform, all under the XBOX umbrella.
28. Share API can be a lot better.
29. XBOX Video service should jump into the Windows Phone immediately.
30. Ability to charge my device and be turn off. Currently my Lumia 920 turns ON as soon as I plug-in the charger.
31. Notification Center
32. Notification Center and finally
33. Notification Center

This not my list btw but thanks for reading.

ntacts on one device ex. Facebook and Outlook profiles and then you have to do it again in your other Machines.
13. IE should be able to download ANY FILE, I want. Currently for example it does not download .exe files because the phone does not support .exe but I want to use my phone to download it and then transfer it to a computer
14. More security options. Pattern, Face Unlock, Picture Passwords etc.
15. DataSense Stats should be available in ALL phones provided detailed statistics of your Data usage, no matter if the provider has setup DataSense server on their end or not.
16. Battery Stats should also be part of the OS.
17. OS updates should handle exclusively from Microsoft and release at the same date to ALL Windows Phone devices not matter their brand and carrier. No unnecessary fragmentation, 19. NO SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.
20. Speaking of updates, WiFi ONLY firmware/OS update limitation needs to go away. Cellular Connection should be able to download such updates if the user wants to.
21. Ability to independently turn off haptic feedback and sounds on the buttons.
22. Back and Search buttons should be Optional for future devices. The OS should support these functions. Similar to Windows 8 and Android and provide manufacturers with the ability to release button less devices.
23. A full Voice Assistance and natural conversation on TellMe will also be very welcome.
24. All major Bing Apps for Windows 8 needs to be ported in the Windows Phone. Including, Finance, Travel, News, Sports, Weather
25. New Tab on IE should open in the Background and not get directed there when open a page in new tab. At least put an option there to change that.
26. App Resuming is not working as advertised. In some cases is taking forever to resume. Simple multitask scenarios are becoming a hassle because of this. They need to improve this function immediately as the current situation is way below average

I hope he gives us the following:

1. Notification Center
2. Notification Center
3. Notification Center
4. Check for Updates option, on the Store. Auto update option for specific Apps is also needed.
5. Separate Sound Profiles, for Ring/Notification Sounds, Media Sounds and Calls
6. Full Control of Bluetooth Accessories and their sound Profiles. ex. My Bluetooth headset supports call and media sounds and when I have it connected all media sounds play there too including videos. When I want it only for voice calls I need to be able to turn off media sounds. I do not want to hear a video clip sound from my mono headset and I need to be able to do it without turning the headset off. Android handles this perfectly.
7. Set Application as Defaults. Whats the point of having Twitter/MetroTube App or any other App and links related with this App are directing to browser? Default App handling needs to be added and be major part of the next release.
8. Fix SMS/MMS Delivery Reports. The current solution of getting a separate msgs back with the notification is ANCIENT and frustrating. Because of that I have Delivery Reports Off no matter how much I need them.
9. Notification Center should also set free the locksreeen. All Apps should be able to display notifications on the lockscreen 5 App limit is just not working for many.
10. Email Client should NOT re-size pictures or any other file. Just do not touch or mess with my attachments
11. Address Book is also ANCIENT. Still using Mobile 1, Mobile 2, Home, Home 2 labels. You should be able to have "unlimited" Mobile, Home or anything else you want. Google Contacts and Apple Contacts are handling this perfectly. Microsoft needs to finally move on from the ancient Contact handling solution, that created on early 90s.
12. Speaking of People, your Contacts must be linked on all devices across your Microsoft Account. Its unacceptable to link a co

Oh look my favorite news outlet caught up with the other outlets I visit, AND I was gone all day from the interwebs. //anyways.
Probably nothing, still waiting on 7.8, heaven forbid AT&T not withhold updates hoping for more sales. Just push the update to HTC phones.

Would love an OS update, maybe something in between 8.1 and our 8, fix the small bugs here and there, add store manual update, skype integration in the OS without the app itself (like msn). i don't really care notification center, iOS or Android always been a mess with too many info in there, i got live tiles for that. This would also justify why Nokia suddenly blocked the access to download their firmware...

or else, a nice girl in her early 20s for every owner of winphone8

Skype is integrated back into the People and Messaging hubs and you can receive calls from it without the app open anymore. I'm sure further integration will come if and when MS finally make Skype a proper service in their ecosystem (it barely integrates with anything with Microsoft account - i.e. fav contacts, connected services, linked contacts, mail notifications, etc.). The Skype team need to stop working separately from Microsoft. I'm hoping Microsoft will fully revamp Skype to be on par with WLM, and re-release it all platforms, which I'm sure will bring even sweeter integration into WP8.

Also, I doubt Joe's tease was about an OS update... but we can all wish

I must say, I was extremely impressed with the Skype integration with the phone the couple of times I've used it for incoming calls.

I hope its something that will affect every windows phone 8 and not just an app I mean apps are nice to get don't get me wrong but I hope its like the early OS updates if not oh well. I'm still looking forward to what It could be !

This guy really needs to learn and stop teasing. It's especially ridiculous when he teases something for a certain date and then gets delayed. Just work on the things that people want and release them already! WP is ALMOST there. I just need a jumbo phone and a few minor tweaks to switch to it. I love my 920 but my Note 2 is just better for me at the moment.

I'm just glad he's part of the windows phone os team.
Having received my lumia 920 on friday, I'm very happy with it and the slick os so far.

How about a slew of new flagship phones, a bit smaller in size, but with excellent specs. Even if one wanted to try Windows Phone, the current selection of phones isn't cutting it.

How about he cuts the crap and just gives us an update on whats coming next. Individual apps are all well and good but I would prefer to know whats coming in WP 8.1

It would be awesome if it was an update. A major one. You know, to add the multitude of missing features.

Or to fix the massive amounts of bugs in this increasingly annoying OS.

Nashy said,
It would be awesome if it was an update. A major one. You know, to add the multitude of missing features.

Or to fix the massive amounts of bugs in this increasingly annoying OS.


You must be using a different phone than I am.

Nashy said,
Or to fix the massive amounts of bugs in this increasingly annoying OS.

Can you list some of these OS bugs?

Nashy said,
It would be awesome if it was an update. A major one. You know, to add the multitude of missing features.

Or to fix the massive amounts of bugs in this increasingly annoying OS.

Massive amount of bugs?? There certainly are complaints about some needed features, but i've never seen many complaints about a buggy OS.

If it annoys you that much, jump to another platform.

Come on guys, give me a break, I have a life away from Neowin too. Don't worry though, I'm back to give you a list based completely on my experience alone.

First to address the jump to another device. It must be nice to have $700 odd dollars sitting in your back pocket to just jump to another device.

- One Volume fits all - Crap
- No notification area apart from the toasts
- Wireless sync missing

They're the biggest annoyances feature wise. There are more, I just don't have them on the top of my head. Nothing major, it annoys me though.

Now the errors I've had. And before you come back with the old herp derp send it back, I'm currently on my 3rd L920 unit, all with the same issues, so I simply gave up trying.

- Random reboots - At least once a day
- Random freezes - At least twice a week
- Quite often the toast area will have a spat and won't go away, won't show info, and using the volume buttons will send the volume counters into a crazy shake thing, and the reception will be all stupid. Showing 4G on a non 4G enabled provider, and also in an area over 1000km from the closest 4G reception for any operator.
- Failure to send SMS - At least 10 times a day. Will not send until the phone is rebooted*
- Call drop outs, half my calls will drop. At least.*
- Airplane mode sometimes can take upwards of 10 minutes to activate or deactivate
- Most days I see an error "The file can't be played" when playing music. Or it's not recognized or whatever. Fine. Except it's an MP3 that I have played many times on the phone.
- The microphone is so useless that people can hardly hear me on around 80% of my calls where I have the device against my face. Works fine on Bluetooth.
- Sometimes it just won't work with my car, others it will, then others it will be working and then stop working. This could be the car, so I'm willing to let that one go.


* Vodafone Australia were the blame for the first few months, however they did the following for me:

- Investigated where messages were failing, they determined that the messages were not even activating the Vodafone message centre, meaning it's the phone.
- Call drops were dropping with full reception, and the data from the call showed the phone never lost reception.
- Re-aligned the 3G signal in my area to cover my house even better. I show better reception, still the same issues.
- Completely re-created my account.

None of that has fixed the issues faced that could be network related.

Then to really be sure, I took two further SIM cards and used them in the device. Telstra and Optus. I used them for a week while I was away in an area with Vodafone reception. The exact same issues were noted during this time.

So yeah. I apologise in advance if my opinion of this phone differs from yours, and that maybe your experience with the same device is different, but I think most reasonable people will be able to sit back and realise, just why I've come to the conclusion that I have. I think the operating system is a great idea, I really like it. But the bugs have absolutely ruined it for me.

I'm sorry I made you guys wait for my reply while I carried on living my life away from the Internet, given it's only just hit 6.30pm where I live.

Nashy said,
Note the embarrassing silence.....

I presume the silence is because you said, " And before you come back with the old herp derp send it back..." and then listed problems that nobody else has. I understand that it must be frustrating for you to experience these issues on multiple phones but it makes no sense to blame Microsoft or WP8 for problems that are clearly not affecting large numbers of users.

I don't have one of those phones but a lot of those issues sound very major to me to the point of being deal-breakers. I think if that was the general experience for people that the site would be full of "Avoid the Lumia 920!" posts.

Absolutely, and I agree, I'm one of a minority who is having some pretty painful issues. Google any of my problems, I'm certainly not alone.

I'm in no way telling people they should not buy it. I'm just getting a little sick of people thinking that I am a troll for not liking the phone. I'm stating facts based on my own personal experience, I'm not speaking on behalf of all Lumia 920 owners.

I'm just backing up my opinion with my experience to show the people who call me trolls that I am not a troll or some fanboy of another brand.

You may want to get that phone checked out nashy, I've got a 920 and don't experience the majority of the issues you're experiencing, bar the "file cannot be played" on occasion.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,

He's on his 3rd phone.

And with all the issues i'd definitely get another phone, thats unacceptable. Strange how some other WP8 users don't have most of these problems though.

It's also sad how many people are being ****s when someone complains about WP issues. Immature fanboy losers.


It's not just some users who aren't experiencing Nashy's issues, it's the vast majority. It's fine to complain if you're having problems but it's important to keep things in perspective. People are right to object if you don't.

I will admit, I also suffer randomly from the freezing problem, but I'm of the belief that it's a poorly written app updating its live tile that's causing it. I had it happen on my old Windows Phone 7 phone as well, and I'm quite sure it started after I added most of the apps I had on my old phone.

If it is an app's live tile update routine, it's a bit troubling that it's not being sandboxed, but at least it would be relatively easy to fix too.

Nashy said,
Come on guys, give me a break, I have a life away from Neowin too. Don't worry though, I'm back to give you a list based completely on my experience alone.

First to address the jump to another device. It must be nice to have $700 odd dollars sitting in your back pocket to just jump to another device.

- One Volume fits all - Crap
- No notification area apart from the toasts
- Wireless sync missing

They're the biggest annoyances feature wise. There are more, I just don't have them on the top of my head. Nothing major, it annoys me though.

Now the errors I've had. And before you come back with the old herp derp send it back, I'm currently on my 3rd L920 unit, all with the same issues, so I simply gave up trying.

- Random reboots - At least once a day
- Random freezes - At least twice a week
- Quite often the toast area will have a spat and won't go away, won't show info, and using the volume buttons will send the volume counters into a crazy shake thing, and the reception will be all stupid. Showing 4G on a non 4G enabled provider, and also in an area over 1000km from the closest 4G reception for any operator.
- Failure to send SMS - At least 10 times a day. Will not send until the phone is rebooted*
- Call drop outs, half my calls will drop. At least.*
- Airplane mode sometimes can take upwards of 10 minutes to activate or deactivate
- Most days I see an error "The file can't be played" when playing music. Or it's not recognized or whatever. Fine. Except it's an MP3 that I have played many times on the phone.
- The microphone is so useless that people can hardly hear me on around 80% of my calls where I have the device against my face. Works fine on Bluetooth.
- Sometimes it just won't work with my car, others it will, then others it will be working and then stop working. This could be the car, so I'm willing to let that one go.


* Vodafone Australia were the blame for the first few months, however they did the following for me:

- Investigated where messages were failing, they determined that the messages were not even activating the Vodafone message centre, meaning it's the phone.
- Call drops were dropping with full reception, and the data from the call showed the phone never lost reception.
- Re-aligned the 3G signal in my area to cover my house even better. I show better reception, still the same issues.
- Completely re-created my account.

None of that has fixed the issues faced that could be network related.

Then to really be sure, I took two further SIM cards and used them in the device. Telstra and Optus. I used them for a week while I was away in an area with Vodafone reception. The exact same issues were noted during this time.

So yeah. I apologise in advance if my opinion of this phone differs from yours, and that maybe your experience with the same device is different, but I think most reasonable people will be able to sit back and realise, just why I've come to the conclusion that I have. I think the operating system is a great idea, I really like it. But the bugs have absolutely ruined it for me.

I'm sorry I made you guys wait for my reply while I carried on living my life away from the Internet, given it's only just hit 6.30pm where I live.

I can only think it has something to do with the unlocked phone combined with the provider you are using. Remember the phone has multiple antennas so it might pick up a 4G signal even if its not LTE. I heard of that happening with TMobile at here at one point. I hope this might help; however since I've never had the bugs I do agree with a couple of missing features.

Nashy said,
Come on guys, give me a break, I have a life away from Neowin too. Don't worry though, I'm back to give you a list based completely on my experience alone....

I dunno man, chalk it up to the carrier, the phone being unlocked and just some bad luck. I will say that prior to both firmware updates I had next to zero issues with connectivity but since then I will have to reboot my device at times to get it to pick up. The one thing I appreciate is how fast Nokia acts to get updates out. Growing pains and all. Best of luck in getting those issues addressed.

@nashy

Sounds like you've received a dud.
System wide volume sucks, no notification center is quite annoying if u don't got everything tiled (and many tiles don't show the latest notification either )
wireless sync? My phone automatically syncs whenever I'm on WiFi.
I have the 920 white, no crashes. The only thing that hangs sometimes is Whatsapp (and a reboot of the whole OS is required to fix this -.-).
Very, very ocasionally everything seems to freeze. Only once did the whole OS freeze that it needed an emergency reboot (which it does on its own after 15-20min).
I never had an SMS fail on me, nor a call dropping out.
Are you using Nokia Music? If so, i have 25gb of MP3s on my phone and I can play them all, and use this feature daily upto several hours and never encountered any issues like that.
Microphone should be fine, there's 2 of em on the phone! No issues here.

Seriously seems you've gotten a dud phone, I got the 920 and I have none of your issues. The phone does what it does best, being a phone.

I am thinking you probably have a defective device or some other issue. I have had a 920 since the day of release and never had one single issue, reboot or freezing. The phone works flawlessly and is always fast regardless of what I am doing on it.

Nashy said,
You have wireless sync on a Lumia 920?

Hey Nashy,
I've got a red 920 since pre-order on Telstra. Had a few issues, all repaired under warranty (same phone, not replacement).
We have 920s for our staff at our work and while we have most people not having any issues, we have a couple that no matter how many times we swap their phone they still have the same rebooting/freezing issues.

I'm almost certain it's a mixture of installed applications and firmware/ROM version.
Does Vodafone have a custom ROM? (Is there a Vodafone logo when you boot the phone?)
I've flashed my phone with the vanilla ROM instead of the Telstra one, reception was better for one, few other niggles were sorted. Since a few months ago the latest firmware fixed the messages not sending and "Call Dropped" problem (data connected but cellular connection not (difficult to tell on phone as it will show bars for data but not phone connectivity).

I have had phone freezing/random reboots max five times since purchase (Nov '12) but it ALWAYS happens after I decide to look through the store and install up to 10 new apps/games.
Some I was wary about earlier (which I don't think are issues now) Skype, Facebook, Whatsapp.

The two reasons I took my phone in to get repaired:
First time straight to Nokia: vibrating module felt way strong and like it or something inside was loose when set off.
Second time to Telstra (was weekend and needed spare phone before heading in to work and picking up a spare 920): flash stopped working at all (apps or camera), noticed you could push it in from the back as if it had become physically loose.

The Telstra tech said that while many 920s are sent away for repairs the red phones are by far the ones with the least faults - software or hardware.
Oddly I had come to the same conclusion after reading issues on forums and noticing the yellow and red phones suffered less issues.

I've put the vanilla ROM on mine also. I got mine from Telstra, so I wanted the logo gone.

Since getting my iPad I very rarely use apps on the phone, so I might factory reset it, and not install anything and see how I go.

Nashy said,
It would be awesome if it was an update. A major one. You know, to add the multitude of missing features.

Or to fix the massive amounts of bugs in this increasingly annoying OS.

I also have a red 920, and I've yet to encounter a single issue. I do have a friend who is on his 3rd or 4th 920 and is on AT&T just as I am, and I find that perplexing. I suggested it had something to do with his account on AT&T's back end, but he mentioned that his 800 works fine. I would be curious to look at the batch numbers on these phones and see if they are from around the same time.

The only real gripe I have about the 920 is the fact that the screen, though indestructible, is not at all resistant to faint surface scratches. But, having said that, the phone is otherwise excellent IMO.

I have read rumours that there were a few of the original batches that were dodgy, and Nokia fixed the issues.

I don't know if this is true or not.

I had a Black one one the day my Telstra Business Centre had one, a white one about 3 days later, and a red one another 2 days after that.