Having lost its spot for having the world’s most popular Internet browser, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Internet Explorer is now clawing its way back up as Google’s (GOOG) Chrome continues become the browser of choice. In a rather risky move, Microsoft has launched a new video ad featuring an online troll who goes on a rampage attacking Internet Explorer for its dated compatibility. In the words of the online troll “IE SUCKS!!! 4evUR! Srsly!” Microsoft’s admission that previous versions of Internet Explorer have been lackluster is a step in the right direction if it’s to regain lost market share with Internet Explorer 10. The ad doesn’t tout IE 10 as the best browser available, but shows humility; that Microsoft is aware of its past mistakes and is working on improving IE so that it “sucks less.” Microsoft’s IE 10 ad follows below.
Images of Microsoft’s product roadmap for partners have leaked onto the web. The documents were posted on Twitter by Maartin Visser, who discovered the them on the Microsoft Partner Network. The purported roadmap reveals new details regarding the next versions of upcoming products, including Office 15, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Phone. Microsoft’s IE 10 could be out by mid-year according to the roadmap, possibly around around the same time as the Windows 8 Release Candidate. Office 15 is expected to enter its beta-testing phase midway through 2012 and become available in the early part of 2013. Window Phone will see “future investments” somewhere around the third quarter of this year, possibly indicating an Apollo launch. A second image can found after the break. More →
Microsoft on Thursday revealed new details about Windows on ARM (WOA) on the company’s development blog. Both Windows 8 for x86 PCs and WOA are still under development, however both will be available at the same time while delivering the same experience. Windows on ARM will come preloaded with Office 15 — which has been enhanced to support touch controls — and users will have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. To ensure that x86-based tablets and ARM-based devices are identical, WOA will feature a desktop mode, giving users access to the File Explorer, Internet Explorer 10 desktop and other Windows desktop features. Metro-style apps from the Windows Store will support both Windows on ARM and Windows for x86/64. WOA does not, however, support running, emulating or porting existing x86/64 desktop apps. More →