Joe Belfiore uses an iPhone during his hiatus from Microsoft

Joe Belfiore uses an iPhone during his hiatus from Microsoft
It's always amusing when it turns out a big name at a company like Apple, Google or Microsoft uses a product made by the competition. Of course, there can be plenty of good reasons for this, not to mention some grey areas in when it feels right to call out that big name. The latest scenario comes with Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's vice president of Windows and user experience.

Belfiore announced back in October that he was taking an extended hiatus from his position at Microsoft, where he has worked for the past 25 years. Belfiore said he was going to spend a "Semester at Sea" on an educational trip with his family before going back to work in the summer of 2016. The latest leg of his journey has taken him to Japan, where he visited Kyoto (one of the best cities around.) He tweeted a picture from a hair shrine, which is fun given that he is pretty well known for his hair. The thing is that the tweet was sent using Twitter for iPhone, not via a Windows Phone device. 

On it's face, it seems like a moment for Internet trolls to heap on (which we're sure they will, because no troll will have gotten this deep into this article. They're likely already laying waste to the comment section with useless hate.) But, as noted, this is a bit of a grey area. Belfiore is on an extended hiatus from the company, so it's not hard to believe that he wants to leave work behind completely, including his Windows devices. Maybe he was testing the new keyboard Microsoft released for iOS. Or, maybe he just wants to get some in-depth time with the competition to see where Microsoft needs to improve and where it already has the edge. 

Microsoft expert Paul Thurrott said that Belfiore had been planning to use other devices while traveling. And, Belfiore even got in on the joke, saying that he was sorry he'd forgotten his Palm Pre because he said "that tweet would have totally thrown [us] all." He's probably right on that. 

source: @JoeBelfiore 1 & 2



1. AlikMalix unregistered

When this happens - it's always funny.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea its funny for the fanboy battles, comment sections. But in real life? This is nothing new or shocking anymore. Plenty at Google use Macs. Macbooks. Pretty sure many at Google use Windows too.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

That's what I meant.

16. Charlie2k

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

I would say the most funny part is the quality of the picture. I would say that is a bigger reason to write an article than an article about him is using a iPhone :)


Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

nah, he just knows a better device. there is no "using other devices", as if it's some sort of test. MS, as well as Belfiore know their mobile platform is, in all honesty, laughable. I was a huge WP fan, but after so many years of no support, and unfulfilled promises, and botched launches (or lack thereof)...nah. Time to move on. Belfiore knows his driver can't honesty be a WP, unless it's "obligated". Even windows apps work better on iOS and Android.

10. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Even worse, Microsoft's own apps works better on Android and iOS than WP. They get new features and updates on iOS/Android before their own WP/WM. We get it, Android and iOS has huge market share, much more downloads and profit there but how can you expect your market share to grow when you concentrate less on your own platform? My only hope left is surface phone now.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I am I the opposite camp, having to work daily with android/ios as a job, I am so glad I go home to my daily 1520, despite me now also carrying a note 5 - that really just sits there and looks pretty.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm very happy that others find WP as a great phone. I hope more of people join the WP platform. Wish some of my most important apps were available on WP - and I'm there!

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No really. Every one should be able to use whatever they like in their private life. I don't see why anyone should make a big fuss about it. I especially enjoy the varieties. Why stick to the same old thing and never get to learn anything new.

4. Unordinary unregistered

"It’s very important for me to understand products like the iPhone and Android phones, which […] represent the competition for Windows Phone […] On a 9-month leave-of-absence, I have a HUGE AND UNUSUAL opportunity to get to know these products deeply. To understand the benefits and drawbacks of a full ecosystem like Windows, Android, iOS — you have to LIVE IN IT. You have to feel its strengths and weaknesses, be let down, be delighted. And you can’t do that just “playing around” with a device for a couple of days. You have to learn the UI, upload your photos, use cross-device apps and tools… all of it."

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Very well said!! Everyone just points at specs and test these devices when they're new - it's what happens 6 months after that really matters.

15. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..very well said.

5. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This is true, anyone who own a business would do the same thing. Sony do it, the ceo have two Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo do the same when they pass in e3 playing games from Sony and Microsoft. They all try to learn how customers pick what they need, and then try to add it to whatever their offering in their kind of way, so it can be familiar for people who are switching to another company while at the same time have its difference. I do the same but not as business person, I like to see how each operating system is performing and which better compliment me. I get bored staying with the same thing, do not know how people can do it, even back in the days I would switch each generation between sony microsoft and nintendo. I do the same with phones, even tho I used way more android phones than windows or apple, I still prefer windows phone 1st and apple 2nd....only 2 windows phone I ever used was Lumia 1520 and Lumia 950, and for apple the ipod touch 6th gen, while with android motorola, samsung, nexus, LG and etc

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Tar n feather his ass.

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

He is probably uses the iphone and so what? I think the must pathetic piece of this article, is that the author goes straight at the throat of people not agreeing with him. If there is something iphonearena is good at, it is to get people trashing talking with their biased articles and comments. ...

12. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013


13. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... Tell me if editors from PhoneArena doesn't read news from other sites!...

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He is a person. He has a right to use whatever he wants. The rule is, while employed by Microosft, you arent allowed to use a rival hardware. He is not working for them right now. What he does on his time is his business. Steve Wozniak uses a Blackberry, Android and an iPhone all at once. If he was at Apple, maybe he would only use an Apple product. Microsoft also uses rival products. Microsoft purchased several Macs to create the Surface. Just because you work for a company that makes a product, doesn't mean they don't use anything else. The rule is, while working for such a company you aren't suppose to use a rivals product in public. A coke employee was fired, because he was seen drinking a Pepsi while on the clock while in uniform. Once he is off the clock, he works for no one and can drink whatever he likes. Just like Ellen. Yes she help promote a Samsung device for a commercial. She doesn't have to own the device and she uses an iPhone. Bill Gates said, he would never use an iPhone, but he never said the iPhone wasn't a good device. In fact he said the opposite. PA is just trying to make a big deal out of nothing.

24. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I still use my startac !!!!

25. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

You can't possibly live with a Windows Phone. I don't care how smooth it is at times. It's always buggy. Always crashing. Then when you actually load a big app...the phone just freezes. I can't speak for the Lumia 950 series....but damn everything under that is so bad. I use my Lumia 1020 to record concerts....but other than that the phone is POS.

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