By Vamien McKalin | Oct 19, 2012 01:18 PM EDT
Microsoft has been doing many things right lately. However, the company chose to do some crazy things like leaving Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 users in the lurch to fend for themselves. And, now it seems Microsoft has chosen to throw Windows 7 users a small bone, one they might not even want.
Microsoft took the time out to announce via a blog post that it plans to bring Internet Explorer 10 to Windows 7. For those who are wondering, this is not the full version, but a preview of things that are to come. You see, despite Microsoft bringing Internet Explorer 10 Preview to Windows 7, there is a chance the full version of the browser might not make it over.
According to Microsoft, the company is not committing to a timeline for when it will bring the full version over. It is understandable why Microsoft is not focusing much on Windows 7. Windows 8 release is just right around the corner and it is the software giant's most ambitious Windows operating system yet. However, treating Windows 7 users as stepchildren, could backfire Microsoft when it comes to Windows 8 sales.
Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 will be available for download in mid-November, but with Firefox and Chrome out there with better features, it is possible that not many users would be interested in having a go at Internet Explorer 10. That said, Internet Explorer 10 is not too shabby. It's fast, clean, and works well with HTML5 content. However, installing an extension still takes the form of a toolbar that takes up the screen's real estate.
For instance, if a user should install Lastpass on all major browsers, the extension will just be an icon on all except for Internet Explorer 10. On the Microsoft browser, Lastpass is a toolbar with the majority of that bar being a blank slate.
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