Imagine one day, in a training center, one professor told her students that they were acting unduly proud for their meager development skills. To make it a case, that professor gave her students an assignment: Develop a Windows program that does nothing!
Easy, right? Well, that was how it looked… at first.
Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is finally available. I immediately downloaded the package and inspected it: Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 (x64) is digitally-signed on 15 October 2013, meaning that the package could have not possibly changed ever since.
What was the IE team doing during this time?
The preview version of Internet Explorer 11 also exhibited a similar delay: It was released on 19 September while it was digitally-signed on 23 August 2013.
As an interesting side note, Windows 8.1 was released 17 October 2013, so the reason for the delay can’t be the languages.
Windows 8.1, advertised as a free update, has arrived. But it is neither free nor an update.