Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 preview, demos it on an ARM chip

You know how the next version of Microsoft Windows is supposed to be able to run on ARM-based processors? It looks like Microsoft already has working builds of Windows on ARM, because when the company showed off the first preview version of Internet Explorer today, the folks at Engadget noticed that the demo computer had a 1 GHz ARM-based chip.

In other news… seriously, Microsoft just released the preview of IE10 less than a month after IE9 went final? Who do these people think they are, Google Chrome developers?

Internet Explorer 10 is designed to offer better support for HTML5 and other web standards including CS3, multi-column layouts, and more.

IE10 will likely be the default web browser in Windows 8, but the preview that’s available today has apparently only been under development for a few weeks, so it’s probably still pretty rough around the edges. You might not want to replace your default web browser just yet.

You can download the Internet Explorer 10 preview at the Internet Explorer Test Drive web site, where you can also find a series of web-based demos to check out in the new browser.

  • aftermath

    Just to clarify, Microsoft has been producing builds of Windows for x86, ARM, and MIPS processors for nearly 15 years. To me, this kind of takes the wind out of the line “Microsoft already has working builds of Windows on ARM”, unless by “Windows” you’re not talking about the family of operating systems but just some specific, non-ARM, consumer, laptop/desktop variant, like “Windows XP”. I mean, even Windows NT supported IA-32, x86-64, Alpha, MIPS,PowerPC, ARM, Itanium platforms. I’m constantly surprised that people are surprised by Windows on ARM, not that Microsoft “will be doing it” but the likelihood that Microsoft has most probably “already been doing it” the whole time and just not SUPPORTING it in the marketplace. It’s also worth remember that Nokia had formed a strategic partnership (for the time being) with Microsoft. Nokia has previously released a netbook and was a founding partner in the MeeGo project, which was targeting a range of applications including handsets (oops, I mean “smartphones”), slates (oops, I mean “tablets”), clamshells (oops, I mean “netbooks”), and embedded (oops, I mean “in-vehicle”/TV). Even though Nokia’s partner, Intel, obviously sees MeeGo as a means to get into all of these applications, it makes me wonder if Nokia was also planning on releasing a lot more than just MeeGo phones. With Microsoft bringing its flagship Windows operating system to ARM and partnering with a company who had a stake in an operating system targeted at all of this applications, I’m wondering if Microsoft is planning on Nokia producing a lot more than just Windows phones.

    • http://twitter.com/andrewrjones Andrew Jones

      @ aftermath interesting comments. But… paragraphs FTW

      I would be surprised if Windows were actively testing Windowsd NT to 7 on ARM. Sounds like a lot of effort with 0 return for many, many years.

      However, an early 2012 release sounds quick to me, so wont call BS.

      Still, I wish Nokia stayed with MeeGo. I feel the mobile OS market has room for one more big player (currently iOS, Android and RIM), which means I am hoping HP/Palm step up to the plate.

  • Alex Haack

    I wonder what the performance and better life will be like with Windows 8 running on ARM. If this works well then I think this will be a big blow to X86 processors and possibly the start of the ARM revelation.