Could Microsoft's Internet Explorer head to Android?

Yesterday, we revealed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is the most used desktop browser in the world. Internet Explorer 11 is used by 12.8% of users worldwide since it was released in October 2013. All versions of Internet Explorer combined are used by a whopping 59.19% of global desktop users.

Due to the booming mobile devices market, a speculator claims that company could penetrate the market even further with an Android version of the program.

According to Twitter user @dovellonsky, Microsoft could release a browser on Google’s Android platform which is used by the majority of smartphone users in the world

Technie News reports the project would be one of Microsoft’s biggest projects in the mobile app department by far. The rumoured app would join Internet Explorer's Xbox One version which was revealed in November last year.

However, the rumour is most likely unreliable. The Twitter user has no known links with Microsoft or Google and admits there are “no pubblic source(s)” (sic) to confirm the rumour. While it is probably false, it isn't a bad idea as it could inspire users to push for a Microsoft browser alternative on devices. Considering the global smartphone market exceeded one billion shipments, it isn't an absurd rumour either.

So to answer the question, will Internet Explorer make a debut on mobile devices? It probably won't happen any time soon. If Microsoft eventually decides to begin working on an Android version, it would be interesting to see how well it competes with the stock Internet and pre-installed Google Chrome apps.

Source: Technie News | Image via Scarichiamo

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This is pure click bait. It's even mentioned in the article that it's highly unlikely...

However, the rumour is most likely unreliable. The Twitter user has no known links with Microsoft or Google and admits there are “no public source(s)” (sic) to confirm the rumour.

"However, the rumour is most likely unreliable. The Twitter user has no known links with Microsoft or Google and admits there are “no pubblic source(s)”

Oh dear, Neowin - this really is taking "unprofessional journalism" to a new low and scraping the bottom of the barrel!

If I tweet "Windows XP to be made "open source" on 8th April #rumor #speculation" or "Windows 8.1 to be free to all Windows XP users #rumor #speculation" - will you do an article on me & my tweet too(!)?

That would be fun. Imagine then MS going to the EU antitrust idiots and asking for a browser ballot on Android.
Or use that as a leverage to remove the ridiculous browser ballot on windows.

Would be fun. Anyway, the Browser ballot won't be part of Windows Threshold anymore. They have to do it only until begin 2015, with Threshold in April, it shouldn't be part of it anymore.

dopydope said,
Imagine then MS going to the EU antitrust idiots and asking for a browser ballot on Android.
Why wait for MS to port IE? There are multiple browsers available for Android already so why not do this now?

Why not? IE is one of the only browsers that isn't cross-OS, it would attract others to the platform if they saw how good the user experience with IE is, they're missing an opportunity. Give Apple and Google some competition! Collecting user metrics on other platforms would also help Microsoft improve their own products by seeing how people use the competition.

Microsoft is a SOFTWARE company. They should be making software for ALL devices because their software is ultimately, actually, quite awesome.

Studio384 said,
Actualy, they are a Service & Device company.

The Device part of the business is anything but a good business for MS.

Brony said,

The Device part of the business is anything but a good business for MS.


If you've actually used their devices, they are top notch.

j2006 said,
...

Every ergo keyboard. I find their mice hit and miss, but I love my arc touch.
xbox360S and xbox one
Zune 120
LifeCam pro.
LifeChat headset.
Surface RT
You're right they do make fine hardware.


That said, with this transition Microsoft should do EVERY rumour.
Infest the competing OS landscape with their software and service offering.
Erode differentiality of their own OS by enabling Android Apps on windows OOB without requiring blustacks or similar technologies, just to spite the OEMs.

Going to be a great time in computing, that's for sure.

Brony said,

The Device part of the business is anything but a good business for MS.


Says you. Microsoft is only behind the largest maker of PC peripherals, Logitec.

This makes perfect sense to me. Not only is taking Google's infiltration strategy and reversing it but it also gives users of other MS devices feature parity with mobile IE.
In fact the more I think about it the more sensible it is.

While I perfectly understand why they want to do this, I'm sure it's a bad idea. IE is hated by many people and I'm not sure Microsoft will be able to replicate the exact experience as IE is deeply built into Windows. It will have low popularity and terrible rates...

I actually like this move. Since they're adding sync'ing, better tabbing, etc. across devices...this is smart. Also, I like that this is coming to Android because the Chrome experience is lackluster. The stock Android browser is also easily the worst mobile browser of the bunch, so it's good that Microsoft is trying to expand the IE footprint.

I think that would be great. The only reason I use Chrome nowadays is because it's DevTools are still better than IE (although greatly improved in IE11). For me IE works better, faster and has better font rendering than Chrome...

It wouldn't do any good on iOS. Mostly because you can't choose default applications and the fact no matter which browser you use, they are all webkit based and they come up as Safari.

But IE on Android would be ok I guess. But we have enough browsers already. Keep IE where it has been for years, on Windows.

Some things just don't look right on other platforms. Line Windows just doesn't look right on a Mac (the placebo effect). Like OS X doesn't look right on a PC brand.

Internet Explorer 11 is used by 21.73% of users worldwide since it was released in October 2013. All versions of Internet Explorer combined are used by a whopping 59.19% of global desktop users.

Sigh.. According to a single statistics company (NetApplications), which itself admits that it employs such nebulous and esoteric methodologies like geo-weighting that mostly involve China.

And let's not forget that the only reason IE has any marketshare at all is by virtue of the fact that it comes preinstalled on every Windows PC.

What would be interesting is to see what marketshare it could attain given only the benefit of the brand. It will never happen of course, because it's pretty obvious, the only way MS could get people to use it is if it preflashes it in the firmware of Nokia's X phone.

I already use Microsoft's Skype, Outlook (Hotmail), OneDrive (SkyDrive), and OneNote apps on my Android Phone. I'm not sure if I'd actually use it but I'd like to have the OPTION to use IE too.

I feel like porting IE to Android will be the same as porting Bing to Android - nobody but the fans will use it.

I personally use Bing on Android and surely would use IE instead of any other Android browser, but how many more people could say the same?

I can't believe that anyone would willingly seek out and download and instal IE on Android. The only reason IE has such a high marketshare on the desktop is because of either company policy or because it comes with Windows and people don't know how to download and instal another browser.

Microsoft should focus and not have a finger in every single pie.

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