Microsoft has been churning the water and creating a lot of noise around Windows 8 and rightfully so as the company prepares the marketplace for a dramatically different windows experience. One of the new products shipping with Windows 8 is IE10. There are two variants in the new OS but Microsoft has committed to bringing IE10 to Windows 7 as well but has not provided any updates to this commitment in some time.
MS has been paranoid about anything that pertains to Win8 since day one. from what I hear, unless you're actually part of the Win8 teams, you get zilch info that isn't public - and even the teams aren't allowed to cross-fertilize. I heard of one person on the support staff (OK - not a full softie but....) who wasn't allowed to read an update to the project he's allocated to, but had to have it read to him by his manager's manager!
For what it's worth, that's pretty typical. If you aren't a blue badge, you don't get access to most things beta-related, regardless of project, including things like bug databases, project updates, etc. unless actually required for your job function (and even that takes some time).
If I'm understanding things (and that's always a debatable subject) Microsoft is just a few months away from releasing to the general public a brand new operating system called Windows 8. So far reviews seem to be mixed. But if I had to take a SWAG I'd guess that more people dislike Windows 8 than like it. Especially in the business community because of Metro and how the Windows 8 experience seems to be geared towards tablets and smartphones rather than a desktop environment. At the same time, Microsoft is working on a new browser called IE10. A lot of advertisers were ticked off when MS announced that "do not track" was going to be turned on by default. And pretty much the entire antivirus industry got upset when MS announced it would be bundling its own free security suite in Windows 8. And don't get me started on Microsoft's decision to have people buy Windows Media Player if they want to listen to music, watch videos, etc.
Almost every announcement or release of information by MS about Windows 8 and it's core components has been met with a firestorm of criticism from the business community, advertisers, antivirus vendors, and even (gasp!) the general public. And now some pundits are wondering why Microsoft is being tight-lipped?
(NOTE: Any perceived sarcasm in the above post is not perceived. It's really there.)