Joshua Topolsky, from Engadget, recently had a chance to interview Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Windows Phone, and pressed him for answers to the future launch of Windows Phone 7. Belfiore claims there have been “thousands and thousands” of downloads for the Windows Phone 7 developer tools. This is good news as one of the downfalls of Windows Mobile was the lack of a thriving developer community. He also talks about the touchy subject of multitasking, offering an analogy of how lack of streaming Pandora in the background didn’t prevent the iPhone from becoming such a monster in the smartphone market. As you know, WP7 does not support third party multitasking, except in some rare cases. He goes on to say, “There’s a really good experience that you can get without some of these things. And I think that the Windows Phone that comes out now is going to offer a lot of valuable things to people, which are things they won’t get the same on other platforms. A lot of people will find those things compelling.” Other topics discussed in the video below deal with Xbox integration, photo and email experienced. We still don’t have a specific launch date, but Belfiore states this Fall as a project time-frame.