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Microsoft appoints Belfiore as Internet Explorer apps head

Microsoft has handed over control of Internet Explorer [IE] development to Joe Belfiore with the Windows Phone head taking ultimate responsibility for IE apps.

Belfiore, who is currently corporate VP of Windows Phone Program Management, takes over from Dean Hachamovitch and heads up a team focusing on developing IE apps and the user experience that comes with them, according to The Verge.

“I’m still doing phone work, just adding IE & Windows UX as part of my next role focused on "phone/tablet/pc”. #notgoodbye!” Belfiore confirmed in a Tweet from his personal account.

Belfiore will only be responsible for the app development of IE with the platform and rendering engine still very much the preserve of the core operating systems group.

Hachamovitch left his role at a logical time as his baby, IE 11 for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, has been released and reached its conclusion as far as he is concerned. His role working as corporate VP of IE lasted for nine years and he announced via the IEBlog that he will “continue blogging in the near future at a different Microsoft address on a new topic.”

The new IE arrival, Belfiore, has had a fruitful few years as the face of Windows Phone with the OS having its best 12 months yet leading up to the IE announcement and it makes it unlikely he’ll be deposed for the time being.

IE remains the world’s number one web browser with Net Applications research back in August showing that it currently has almost 57 per cent of the global web browser market.

The appointment of Belfiore to head up the app side of IE signals the importance it is placing on making sure it gets it right when it comes to tablets and mobile versions of the app to prevent it losing out to the likes of Google in the web browser market.