“Funny things happen when you’re no longer championing the least popular phone platform out there: you stop using it,” Owen Williams reports for TNW.
“Joe Belfiore is technically the Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, but he took a year off starting in October 2015 for a worldwide trip,” Williams reports. “Belfiore, who is currently in Kyoto, has been tweeting pictures of his trip and posted a single tweet that gave away his phone of choice — Apple’s iPhone.”
Williams reports, “There’s a plethora of replies from people pointing out that he’s using an iPhone, and giving him grief for not making the Windows platform better.”
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Hey, strangers! Today in Kyoto we stumbled across a HAIR SHRINE! I paid my respects, thinking of all of you! pic.twitter.com/BpsfA4lHKJ
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) January 26, 2016
“Honestly, the truth is that it would be weird if Belfiore wasn’t using an iPhone,” Vlad Savov writes for The Verge. “Firstly, the man’s taking a year-long hiatus from his day job, and there’s no way he could ever feel like he was off duty if he was running around using devices and software that he could help change and refine.”
Savov writes, “Most importantly, though, to compete with the iPhone, Microsoft’s mobile chief needs to know how the damn thing works and what makes it so attractive to so many.”
[In comments below The Verge‘s article, Belfiore himself replies, in part: [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.]
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MacDailyNews Take: No excuse need be made by anyone for choosing to use the world’s most advanced operating system in the world’s most advanced smartphone.
P.S. Having a fun week so far, Microsoft P.R. Department?
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]