It's Internet Explorer Tan (Not Ten) & I Don't Understand It.

Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | November 7, 2013 - 03:56 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, IE11, AFA 2013

Marketing decisions at Microsoft can be... different. If you include internal videos, you might see Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer in a Volkswagon parody ad. They abandon a Sun workstation on the side of a road with trash. I guess electronics recycling was not a thing back then.

The large white characters over the big monster at the end, "つづく", means "[to] be continued".

Expect more of these (perhaps at Anime Festival Asia?)

Internet Explorer Tan mixes the weirdness of Microsoft with the peculiarity of Anime culture. Inori Aizawa (藍澤 祈) is the semi-personification of Internet Explorer. The character describes herself as slow, clumsy, and awkward when she was younger. She stars in a two-minute cartoon created, apparently internally, by Microsoft Singapore. They snuck in more than a few subtle references.

For a bit of humor, her first name (, given names follow family names in Japanese) is romanized to Inori (祈り) as above. That word means "prayer" (and without the suffix, "praying" apparently). Again, this was created internally by Microsoft.

And, you know what? I believe that a well maintained Internet Explorer, if Microsoft can successfully focus on devices and services, will be their grace. Trident (IE's rendering engine) caught up to the standards-compliant ones and, if they continue to push the pack forward, can sell devices on its great experience. The other browsers need Internet Explorer to keep them innovating just as much as IE needs them.

It makes me smile. That could be my brain stuck in a bootloop, but it makes me smile. Almost every frame I look at has a reference to something. Still don't really understand it though.

Source: Microsoft

November 7, 2013 | 04:20 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Best thing MS has made since Win7

November 7, 2013 | 06:10 PM - Posted by Robert23655124 (not verified)

Oh man, based on the handful of anime clips I've seen in my life, things are going to go horribly wrong for that chick in the next act.

November 7, 2013 | 06:36 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Microsoft Tentacle Porn, MTP.

November 7, 2013 | 08:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The TIFKAM tentacle monster is going to reach deep into her computer and flash crappy ads, and download loads of crappy phone apps into her brain, all while uploading all of her personal metrics, and bank account numbers to the M$ store!
She will then never get any thing productive done, as her computer will only function as a point of sale device! And, as the tentacles continue to extend, and embrace, her, all her freedom will be extinguished, as she is drained of her free will by the pulsating tentacle suction cups!

November 7, 2013 | 09:52 PM - Posted by mLocke

tabbed browsing, it's like cluster missiles

November 8, 2013 | 09:51 AM - Posted by YTech

Ummm... what? forwards to a facebook account. Why not on their own Microsoft account? This is probably not legit...

If you go to >
You get to the actual website (not connected to M$). However you require the latest IE to view it. Otherwise, you get a sad Inori and pretty much horrible layout which clicking doesn't do anything.

It looks like M$ is pushing hard on touch-browsing. Maybe that's what this TAN is all about. At the office, IE TAN will be banned from usage. Why? "Pew-pew-pew"

I think the bourbon will come in handy :S

November 8, 2013 | 10:03 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah, I know it looks unnecessarily shady but it is legit. The videos are hosted on an official Microsoft Youtube account and it co-incides with their presence at an Anime convention.

I'm join to chalk it up to "Microsoft foreign office being different and doing weird stuff".

November 8, 2013 | 08:55 PM - Posted by praack


oh it's a real site- they used to have a japanese only ms site in the win 7 days, but moved to facebook for win 8.

they also used to have several other anime figures during win7 promo when i was in Japan.

oh and here's a kicker- cost for MS products is lower in Japan- of course you need to understand Japanese......

November 9, 2013 | 11:22 AM - Posted by Goofus Maximus (not verified)

It is too cutesy for my taste. I wish the mascot was more like Levy from Black Lagoon, when she's on a rampage...

Joy. I completely missed the word verification at the bottom... :p

November 19, 2013 | 11:31 AM - Posted by Saito (not verified)

God, Who showed Microsoft japan..

Decent animation, Hell i'd watch it if they made a 12 episode seriese out of it still a shitty browser though.

April 8, 2014 | 04:15 AM - Posted by lukas (not verified)

If you go to >
You get to the actual website (not connected to M$). However you require the latest IE to view it. Otherwise, you get a sad Inori and pretty much horrible layout which clicking doesn't do anything.

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