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  • So what’s Joe Belfiore up to?

    Posted on November 30th, 2016 at 13:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just a bit of idle speculation….

    I finished re-reading Paul Thurrott’s article about the future of the Windows Insider Program. It’s a good article, vetted by Microsoft, that shows how the Insider Program grew and will continue to grow. (Although, notably, neither he nor Microsoft address my six key problems with the Insider Program.)

    The story is so well-liked inside Microsoft that Gabe Aul, Dona Sarkar and Frank X. Shaw have all tweeted their approval.

    Anyway, that article has me wondering if Joe Belfiore is on tap to head up a re-designed Insider Program – or perhaps to lead a group inside Microsoft, reporting to Terry Myerson, that encompasses the Insider Program.

    Joe took a one-year leave of absence in Oct. 2015, but he’s been back on campus since early September. So far, there hasn’t been  a word about what he’s up to.

    As one of the most admired and genuinely liked people in the company, his next assignment should speak volumes about Microsoft’s intentions for Windows.

    FURTHER RUMINATIONS: So Microsoft Security Essentials now has a preview. What if Microsoft combined all of its Insider Programs – Windows (which is actually two different Insider Programs, one that does “previews”), Office, Visual Studio, Xbox (renamed Nov. 7), Skype (established Nov. 9), and who-knows-what-all. JoeB in charge. The products span all of Microsoft, but the Insider functions are quite similar. Sounds like a winner to me.

    UPDATE: JoeB’s trip to the dark side. Brad Sams at has just unveiled what Joe will be up to:

    Joe will be running the consumer-focused Windows Shell and will be reporting to Terry Myerson; his objective will be to find new ways to make money with Windows 10 as the traditional licensing model of the OS goes away, especially in the lower-priced segment.

    And that speaks volumes about Microsoft’s intentions for Windows.

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