Whatever schedule Microsoft adopts, the company has already made moot analysts' predictions that Microsoft was accelerating its browser development pace. They came to that conclusion last year when Microsoft announced IE10 just weeks after the March 2011 release of IE9. By the time IE10 appears alongside Windows 8 and Windows RT, nearly 19 months will have passed since the launch of IE9. For Windows 7 users, the stretch could be more than two years.
Users and Web developers have regularly chastised the company in comments on the IE team's blog for the sluggish pace of IE10 development on Windows 7, arguing that the delay has damaged the browser's chances of adoption. That continued Wednesday, as commenters weighed in on Mauceri's post.
"WHAT! I thought IE10 RTM [release to manufacturing] would be out on 26th Oct. along with Windows 8. Not happy, Microsoft!" said a commenter labeled as "Sam."
Others were much sharper in their criticism. "It's been over a year since the last [Platform] Preview for Windows 7. It's unfathomable that it's taken so long," said "SnowKnight26" today. "It really goes to show how mixed up the IE development team's priorities are if IE10 RTM GM [general availability] won't be next week ... or even next month."
Others concurred. "Too little, too late," said "Scorpian3003" later. "You really dropped the ball on this [one], Microsoft."
"Either release a browser more than once a year, or give up. It's simple as that," added another commenter.
Without Windows 7's backing, IE10 has little chance of building appreciable market share on Windows 8 and Windows RT. Last month, for example, Windows 8 accounted for only 0.33 percent of all computers running Windows, or 33 out of every 10,000 Windows machines. That number was five times smaller than Windows 7 share a month before it shipped in October 2009.
Windows 7, however, powered 48 percent of all Windows PCs in September 2012, according to statistics from metrics company Net Applications.
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