Posts tagged as: Joe Belfiore

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore Taking Leave of Absence

Joe Belfiore, one of the chief driving forces behind Windows Phone, is taking a break from his job at Microsoft. Belfiore plans to take a leave of absence from November through mid-2016, during which time he will be focusing on his family. Belfiore has often been seen on stage demonstrating Windows Phone features, and he […]

Say Hello to Cortana, Microsoft’s New Intelligent Agent

In the Windows Phone 8.1 show at Build 2014, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore also demo’d Cortana, the virtual assistant that’s Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Siri. Actually, Cortana’s kind of a blend of Google Now and Siri—a bouncy, bubbly sphere UI that’s powered by Bing’s deep and powerful Satori knowledge engine. Cortana has a Siri-esque […]

Microsoft Shows Off Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014

Microsoft revealed its long-awaited and often leaked Windows Phone 8.1 update at the Build 2014 conference on Wednesday. Windows Phone 8.1 is a sweeping refocusing of the Windows Phone vision, adding some much-needed features to the mobile operating system—including the grand unveiling of Cortana, Microsoft’s new digital assistant ( more about her here. Microsoft exec […]

Microsoft Windows Phone Head Downplays Sept 1 Date

Microsoft’s Windows Phone​ lead Joe Belfiore posted a Twitter update early Friday downplaying the possibility of Mango releasing September 1. He cast the claims as “just a rumor” and thus not to take them seriously. He stopped short, however, of denying the claim outright. The Mango update will be available at some point in September […]

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