SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft released its Windows 8 operating system to OEMs at the start of August and made it available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download a couple of weeks ago. It ships with a shiny new version of the Internet Explorer (IE) browser, IE 10.
But what about IE 10 as a standalone download? When Microsoft announced IE 10 at its MIX developer conference last year, it promised that the web browser would run on Windows 7 PCs as well as Windows 8 (Windows Vista being something Microsoft would like to forget).
However, no update on IE 10 for Windows 7 has been forthcoming, despite the browser being ready to roll on Windows 8.
Puzzled over the non-appearance of IE 10 and the lack of any information surrounding it, we put the question to Microsoft and received only this response;
"There are no further updates from Microsoft on this at this time. As soon as we have more information to share, we'll get in touch."
Compared to the rapturous hype-laden adverts Microsoft is using to promote IE9, the silence over IE10 is deafening.
Could it be that Microsoft is having problems back-porting IE 10 onto Windows 7, or is it just that the firm doesn't want to dampen the popularity of IE9 by pushing out the new version too soon?
Perhaps if someone on the IE developer team is reading this, you could get in touch and let everyone know what the story is with IE 10? µ
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