Joe Belfiore is the corporate vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management at Microsoft. He is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones. In May 2013, he was recognized as the #10 Best Designer in Technology by Business Insider. In 2010 he was interviewed by Walt Mossberg at All Things D conference.
Career at Microsoft
Before moving to the Windows Phone team, Belfiore was vice president of Zune Software and Service (Zune PC client + cloud service, Xbox Live service). At Mobile World Congress in 2010, he stated that he'd "been at Microsoft about 20 years".
While at Microsoft, Belfiore has also been VP of the Windows eHome Division and spent 10 years as the leader of the Windows User Experience team, where he created the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 95, owned the Internet Explorer user experience during IE3 & IE4, and he was responsible for all aspects of the Windows XP User Experience. He started at the company in 1990 as a program manager on OS/2.
Prior to Microsoft, he studied Computer Science at Stanford University.
Founder of "The Game"
At TED 2004 in Monterey, CA he delivered a TED Talk on "The Game" where he caused the cell phones of most audience members to ring, leaving them with a trail of clues to solve at the TED conference.
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- Ballmer, Steve; Lees, Andy; Belfiore, Joe (February 15, 2010). "Steve Ballmer, Andy Lees and Joe Belfiore: Mobile World Congress 2010". Microsoft. Retrieved February 27, 2012. "I've actually been at Microsoft about 20 years [...]"
- Miller, Michael (October 12, 2005). "Windows 95". PC Magazine. Retrieved February 27, 2012. "Joe Belfiore [...] is now general manager of the Windows eHome Division"
-  Channel 9 Biography
- Paul Thurott interview (Sept 3, 2002)