Out of the mouths of babes -- even two-dimensional ones with knee socks and magic shields -- comes the awful truth.
Putting a face to the name
Also on that page: an extremely disturbing yet seemingly realistic photograph of Inori (pictured right). I'm really hoping it's been Photoshopped.
Inori's presence was first revealed to me by former InfoWorld scribe Neil McAllister, now writing for The Register. In his words:
Lest you think this is just some practical joke, or an elaborate work of fan-fiction by deranged IE users, think again. One shortcut to Inori's Facebook page is through the domain internetexplorertan.com. A whois lookup on that domain reveals its owner as one Microsoft Corporation of One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington.
And there's more. If you're really, really taken with Inori -- and if you are, we don't want to know -- Microsoft plans to release a special version of Internet Explorer with a custom Inori skin.
Me, I keep wondering which Microsoft marketing drone is being asked to play the role of an anime character, and how that makes he/she feel about his/her/its career.
Can an animated character restore Microsoft's mojo? Probably not. But as I've noted before, if Microsoft insists on playing in the consumer space, it needs to do something radical to make its technology seem sexy. Otherwise, it can just give it up and sell off its non-enterprise businesses to someone who knows what to do with them. I don't think there's a third option.
Does Inori make you friendlier toward IE11, even a little bit? Post your thoughts below or email me: email@example.com.
This article, "Move over, Clippy -- there's a new Microsoft spokesmodel in town," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.