Microsoft has created its own joke video about the mixed history of Internet Explorer.
The software giant aired the video in private during the UK Imagine Cup Finals last week. Alex Olivier, a web designer and developer, was on hand to record the video. Entitled “thoughts on Internet Explorer” the joke video is a mash-up of developer comments about the last 10 years of Internet Explorer. Using the familiar Cassette Boy style, Microsoft makes it look like developers have complimented the company for its previous efforts. “Despite this glowing feedback, we have been making some changes” says the ending of the video before Internet Explorer 9 is displayed.
Microsoft has faced criticism from web developers over the years. The company’s browser marketshare has also dipped by 5% in just a year. Despite this, Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 9 on February 10. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 includes an enhanced UI, HTML5 support, hardware accelerated browsing and some great security improvements. Microsoft has included Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 9. The new privacy feature allows consumers to address their concerns about being tracked on the web. Internet Explorer 9 offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers. Tracking protection involves lists that can be published online. Microsoft’s second security enhancement is the ability to block ActiveX controls. Internet Explorer 9 includes an “ActiveX filter” option. The filter allows users to switch off ActiveX elements within their session, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser.
Microsoft’s latest browser includes some great improvements for end users too. Improved tabbing, pinning and HTML5 support will make the web more beautiful claims Microsoft. The software giant has partnered with some big names to show off just what Internet Explorer 9 is capable off and it’s likely that hundreds more will follow in the coming months. Microsoft isn’t stopping at Internet Explorer 9 though. The company plans to bring its improvements to the mobile space. Windows Phone 7 will include a mobile version of IE9 later this year. The company will also ship regular Platform Previews to keep developers ready for the next versions of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is just the start.