A confidential Microsoft roadmap has been leaked to the net by a developer.
Maarten Visser, CEO of Meetroo, stumbled on a link in a newsletter from the Dutch arm of Microsoft, which promised the roadmap as a download. Visser found it as an unprotected PDF, and didn’t see the harm in making it public as such – though Microsoft isn’t pleased about the leak.
In a statement to ZDNet, Microsoft noted: “We often provide forward-looking information to our partners and customers under our confidentially agreements with them. This information contains our best estimates and is, in no way, final or definitive.”
So what did the leaked roadmap show? It’s dated from the end of last year, and points to the middle of 2012 for the release of Internet Explorer 10 – which seems quite soon, really. It doesn’t seem that IE9 has been out for that long.
Probably the biggest news is on the Office 15 front, which many have previously thought to be releasing this November. According to the roadmap, it won’t be out until early 2013 – although remember, this is somewhat old information, and as MS notes it certainly isn’t finalised.
In terms of Windows Phone, a square icon in late 2012 is marked “future investments”, a vague piece of terminology, but one we can only assume refers to the launch of Apollo, Windows Phone 8. That’s expected before 2012 is out.
Take this all with a pinch of salt, as ever, but it would seem that the launch of the next version of Internet Explorer is almost upon us.