Microsoft remains tight-lipped on IE10 for Windows 7

Microsoft has been churning the water and creating a lot of noise around Windows 8 and rightfully so as the company prepares the marketplace for a dramatically different windows experience. One of the new products shipping with Windows 8 is IE10. There are two variants in the new OS but Microsoft has committed to bringing IE10 to Windows 7 as well but has not provided any updates to this commitment in some time.

We reached out to Microsoft to see if we could get them to muster up some new information but to our dismay, would not comment on any future activity for that platform. The only information provided to our request was that the platform was still coming to Windows 7 (as previously announced) but no word on if we will see any new platform previews for those of us still using Windows 7.

Microsoft has one annoying quality in that it is quite good at providing enough information to make a point but at the same time, it also opens the door for many more questions that usually do not get answered for a considerable amount of time after they make their initial announcement. Granted, it is their information and they can do as they please but it can cause confusion in the market (see all the speculation around WOA as an example).

While we do not expect any dramatic moves from Windows 8 IE10 to the Windows 7 variant, we would love to play with the updated platform before it goes gold.  

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I'm guessing Microsoft is a little busy with an up-coming release of something or other and it working on finishing up the IE version for the release, since it'll be built in (not downloaded) and once that's done, it'll be released to Windows 7.

I just hope it's pronto!

Personally,
I think IE 10 for Windows 7 should already be out. Get EVERYBODY they can using it now so it can REALLY be right for Windows 8.

As seldom as they do anything with IE, is it any wonder they are losing market share there?

I'm expecting IE10 on win7 to be buggy due to no public testing:(

MS released an update pack for vista before they released IE9 which added the functionality from win7 that ie9 required. I expect MS to release an update pack for win7 then we will get IE10. Then we will get Win7 SP2 several months after that, just like with vista getting sp2 months after IE9.

That's the plan see, buggy on 7, tell users if they want a fix they need to 'upgrade' to Windows 8. That's how Microsoft has always worked.

I did expect at least a IE10 RC/RP for Windows 7 now that Windows 8 RP is out, guess that's not going to happen. In the end the desktop code should be the same between Windows 7 and Windows 8 though so all in all if it's working on Windows8 it'll work on Windows 7 as well.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Microsoft want to give old users Half Baked products like IE10 and Service Pack 2, I think they will release IE10 with Service Pack 2 in 2013.
No worry I have Opera..

Maybe this is one of many signs that MS is not so sure of the "slam dunk" success they are wishing (wistfully?) with Windows-8. So, to give IE10 more exposure, MS is going to release it to Windows-7 users.
Now...if Mozilla could make a native 64-bit version of FireFox, it would be an even better product.

TsarNikky said,
Maybe this is one of many signs that MS is not so sure of the "slam dunk" success they are wishing (wistfully?) with Windows-8. So, to give IE10 more exposure, MS is going to release it to Windows-7 users.
Now...if Mozilla could make a native 64-bit version of FireFox, it would be an even better product.

IE10 was always going to come to Windows 7 from the start, we got a platform preview for it on Win7 before they even showed Windows 8 for the first time. Nothing has changed, though back then people were asking if IE10 would also support Vista or not. That doesn't seem to be an issue anymore though.

I don't see what the big deal is though. If you are using Windows 8 and you are using Internet Explorer 10, it is basically what you will be getting for Windows 7. Its not like it will be magically different.

I don't see what the big deal is though. If you are using Windows 8 and you are using Internet Explorer 10, it is basically what you will be getting for Windows 7. Its not like it will be magically different.

Odds are they want to target Win8 first to make sure what they release to OEMs is up to snuff. When that development is done I'd imagine they'd focus full-time on the Win7 build.

humanz. said,
Don't worry we have Firefox

Pretty much. I don't think I would base my choice on using Windows 8 or not around it having IE 10.

_heracles said,
Windows 8 first form marketing perspective makes sense, right?

Yeah, so everyone gets to use the super limited version of IE 10 Metro. What features does it have really for the desktop user. A stupid pin to startscreen button, doesn't even have a proper book marking system. If you want to do anything else you need to get out the manual, type in some magical key combinations, and click you heals twice. Yes your heals, because you've got about as much luck as it working as anything else.

If the marketing team made sense they'd push IE10 on Windows 7 and build up on its strenths. I'd much prefer to be told look at how well IE 10 has been performing on Windows 7, just think how well its performing on its native Windows 8 counter part!
Instead, I'm just going to use IE10 on Metro since its pretty much forced up on you in Windows 8 and think WTF were microsoft thinking. And install Firefox. I don't even like firefox.

Brandon Live said,

Windows 8 also includes the desktop version of IE 10.

Of course it does, but thats not whats being pushed. Metro everything.

sagum said,

Of course it does, but thats not whats being pushed. Metro everything.

sagum said,

Instead, I'm just going to use IE10 on Metro since its pretty much forced up on you in Windows 8 and think WTF were microsoft thinking.

You sir, make no sense.

floopydoodle said,

You sir, make no sense.

I'm sorry, I should try to explain things.

With Windows 8 you're going to have to use the start screen. There is no getting around it. Its there, no option to turn it off. Its the placeholder for all things Metro.
Microsoft is taking a big gamble with Metro, not because it feels like it, but because it has to.

The world is moving increasingly to handheld devices such as mobile phones, tablets for day to day tasks. Basic internet browsing or rather social media, and dirt cheap gaming on the go is quickly eating away at its market and they have nothing to show for it apart from a <1% market share Windows Phone and the xbox, who's active subscribers only account for 30million world wide.
When you compaire that to Apple's 315 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running its iOS - with over 15million iPads sold in q4 last year alone - Microsoft has serious problems trying to grabble back some of the mobile/tablet market. Not only that, but Microsoft's Windows isn't even synonymous with using a computer anymore. People are quite happy to go online with android or an apple tablet now. Microsoft is rapidly losing its branding and the any reason why the average joe blogs needs to use it.

So here we are. Microsoft have took a long term look at things, are finally at the point where the xbox, mobile, and windows will be a (somewhat) seamless connection. They'll all look and perform the same, and at the same time, they'll drag the 500million desktop machines that are ready to upgrade to Metro. If they could do that, it'd bring them inline with what Apple has right now, and thats with their desktop machines alone. Add on that the experiance works across the XBOX and windows Phone, they could end up being on top again within a few years.

Thats where Metro comes in to play. Without it, Microsoft has no brand that sets itself apart and it has no way to lock its uses into the Microsoft ecosystem. A lot of people who are using Apple products continue to do so because they've got their apps for iOS. Many will have spent, by now, a considerable amount of money on apps and music etc.
So when I say Metro is being pushed, it really is. Metro is coming, and you'll be using it on Windows 8. Its setup by default for use with IE10. Not many apps right now in the Windows Store, but when it starts pumping them out (100,000 in Windows Phone now) fewer people will be even using the desktop. Why go search on google or bing for software, download the exe, or zip file, install it get tool bars, find out its wrong version, needs updating, etc and then have it mess up all your settings when you can just click on the Store icon, find a program and buy it. Locked good and proper into the Microsoft Windows ecosystem.

It gets worse. The tablet experiance for Windows 8 is quite nice, Metro as a whole on the Windows Phone is an amazing experiance (I've owned one for a while) and the xbox is great too, but for the users who go from a tablet/windows phone to a desktop... the experiance there is very very much lacking. It has to be inforced, it has to be the same across the platforms. Its why we're forced to use the start screen. Its Microsoft's way of achering us to Metro and the Windows echosystem.

I hope I've explained myself a bit better.

tl;dr - Microsoft is locking you into their app ecosystem by forcing you to use Metro.