Microsoft prepares for the Mayan apocalypse with IE10 campaign

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you likely know that tomorrow is when WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE some people believe the world will end, at least according to one interpretation of the ancient calendar of the Mayan civilization. Microsoft has decided to use this non-event to continue its previous "Browser You Loved To Hate" campaign for Internet Explorer.

This week, Microsoft has posted up some new web banner ads, on its "BYLTH" site, that take full notice of both the Mayan apocalypse as well as Microsoft making fun of IE's past reputation. There's also a related Twitter hashtag, #themayanswereright, that we predict will be used a lot for non-Internet Explorer related messages.

Microsoft even took the time to direct a not-so-gentle poke at Instagram for one of the banner ads. We don't know if Microsoft created it before or after Instagram's recent issues with writing up Terms of Service updates, but it certainly could not be timed better.

Hopefully all of this "Mayan apocalypse" stuff will turn out to be yet another "end of the world" hoax; something tells us that if the end of the world really is imminent, we won't get a lot of advance notice.

Source: Browser You Loved To Hate | Images via Microsoft

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While I support the tongue-in-cheek self-deprecating aspect of this, I really think the world is not doing anyone any good by even tacitly supporting the mentally ill and/or con-men trying to sell books behind these perennial doomsday prophecies.

It's all nonsense and has always been nonsense and we as a society should stop encouraging these nutters.

The good news is that, this time around, no one is reporting on this story seriously. While that's probably only because there isn't a specific church/religion behind this doomsday prophecy, it's still a good sign in the right direction.

/rant

I wont be back to considering IE until MS stops syncing IE releases to Windows releases. I'd like to see updates sooner than every 2 years before I consider them anywhere near worth looking into.

LogicalApex said,
I wont be back to considering IE until MS stops syncing IE releases to Windows releases. I'd like to see updates sooner than every 2 years before I consider them anywhere near worth looking into.

Great, since they upped the release cycle of IE. Be it not every few weeks like Chrome or Fx.
But tbh, a release every 1-3 years is more suited, the web doesnt develop that fast.
Even today rarely any website uses HTML5 features standardized in the last 2-3 years.

IE9-10 ... not bad under the hood, tons better than IE6. Shame about the crap uncustomisable GUI though.

DJGM said,
IE9-10 ... not bad under the hood, tons better than IE6. Shame about the crap uncustomisable GUI though.

What is you want to customize? Move buttons around, you still can.
Get a dedicated tabs bar, you still can.
Change the search provider, you still can.

enable the old style menu, you still can.
enable the activity bar, yous till can.

I really wonder what you want to customize other then these posibilities.

Shadowzz said,

What is you want to customize? Move buttons around, you still can.
Get a dedicated tabs bar, you still can.
Change the search provider, you still can.

enable the old style menu, you still can.
enable the activity bar, yous till can.

I really wonder what you want to customize other then these posibilities.


Firefox, Chrome, Opera all have built-in support for skins. Maybe that's what DJGM meant. Firefox furthermore supports customization of the UI via extensions. Moving around buttons and toggling menus are pretty basic stuff, heh.

Northgrove said,
Firefox, Chrome, Opera all have built-in support for skins. Maybe that's what DJGM meant. Firefox furthermore supports customization of the UI via extensions. Moving around buttons and toggling menus are pretty basic stuff, heh.

This is the kind of things MS are trying to get away from, instead letting the content providers take center stage.

I am done with window chrome, skins UI tweaks. Let the content fill my screen, rather than some window dressing.

Nope, its still **** as far as session restore is concerned. Sometimes it leaves 1-2 processes behind after you close it and if you run it again after that it does not load the previous session, just the startup tabs. Guess the world is safe after all.

What would be the point of posting if I were not using that option. Only time time it works is if it closes all the processes.

It does not work if it leaves unclosed processes, if I shutdown Windows while IE is open or if the PC crashes. At least IE9 could restore tabs in the event of a system crash.

Edited by Luc2k, Dec 20 2012, 5:31pm :

I don't have any of them issues. And i never shutdown so not tried that, but if i restart Win 8 with IE10 open then once it boots up it will automatically open IE10 and my previous tabs. And If theres a crash IE10 will display a message along the bottom asking to restore tabs.

I'm running the preview in W7. It only works as it should when it closes without leaving open processes behind. It doesn't close properly (usually, but not always) when I open many tabs like 30+.

Luc2k said,
Nope, its still **** as far as session restore is concerned. Sometimes it leaves 1-2 processes behind after you close it and if you run it again after that it does not load the previous session, just the startup tabs. Guess the world is safe after all.

you are a tool. AT ANY TIME during a new session, you can reopen the old one by opening a new tab and click the restore session.
Also all closed tabs can easily be reopened using a very similar technique, except moving the mouse a few pixels to the left on the new tab window.

This worked exactly the same way in IE9.

Shadowzz said,

you are a tool. AT ANY TIME during a new session, you can reopen the old one by opening a new tab and click the restore session.
Also all closed tabs can easily be reopened using a very similar technique, except moving the mouse a few pixels to the left on the new tab window.

This worked exactly the same way in IE9.


Except it doesn't, IE10 (unlike IE9) just opens a new set of homepage tabs when clicking the restore button, but thanks for the insult.

Luc2k said,

Except it doesn't, IE10 (unlike IE9) just opens a new set of homepage tabs when clicking the restore button, but thanks for the insult.

Refresh your W8.