Joe Belfiore of Microsoft is no stranger to controversies. It’s part and parcel of his job, as one of the leaders of the Windows Phone platform at Redmond.
Or you can say, the mobile effort.
Sure, things have not been going all that well for Microsoft, and fans have let the company know of their thoughts time and again. The most recent episode was particularly brutal. But one thing no one would disagree on is that this frustration has been bubbling up for quite some time now.
Nevertheless, Joe Belfiore has been spotted with handsets running competing platforms several times now. He was found using an Apple iPhone while making his trip around the world, and more recently, Belfiore has been carrying a smartphone powered by Android.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, to be specific.
He talked about this in a video, explaining the reason behind using this phone, which, for all intents and purposes is the best handset available right now on the market.
His reason for this choice is quite understandable.
Belfiore explained that he opted for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, the model that is available in the Microsoft Store, and comes with special customization that the software titan has put together for the handset.
Basically, a suite of apps that is preinstalled on the Galaxy S8, including apps like Outlook, Office, OneDrive, Skype, among others. Redmond is also offering its very own launcher, called Arrow, so that users can get as close to its ecosystem as possible without actually using a Windows 10 Mobile device.
While this is news that is probably not going to please the dedicated Windows Phone fanbase, it is quite forthcoming from Joe Belfiore, on his choice of phone.