Internet Explorer 11 not cute enough for you? Download the official Anime version
Inori Aizawa, the official mascot for Internet Explorer (in Singapore at least) is an Anime heroine who spends her time fighting against the dark side of the web.
On her official Facebook page she describes herself as a personification of Internet Explorer, and the parallels between her life and the browser are clear. "When I was younger", she says, "I used to be a clumsy, slow and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?"
Inori and Internet Explorer even share the same birthday -- 16 August 1995 -- which is one of those amazing coincidences...
Microsoft has released a short video showing Inori in action (likely the first of many such Anime adventures) which you can view below.
If you like what you see, are a fan of Anime, or just find the regular Internet Explorer boring, you can download a special, cuter Inori version of the browser here. You'll need to be running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
At the moment the link is down (it was working a short while ago) but you can set your Internet Explorer home page (IE9 and upwards) to http://www.internetexplorertan.com/home if you want to start enjoying the Inori experience early!
It’s certainly a different way to attract people to the browser -- what’s your take on it?