They are not in the plans for Microsoft. The demand for both versions is rather high, and even though Redmond has developed for iOS and Android, Internet Explorer is not on the cards.
The software titan wants to keep its flagship web browser exclusive to the Windows platform — that is, Windows and Windows Phone. Even the recently released (and discontinued) Nokia X2 Android powered handset came with an alternate browser.
Anyway, the IE team disclosed this in an AMA session on Reddit, explaining that everyone is busy working to make Internet Explorer better on Windows.
Which means, no current plans for iOS or Android:
“Right now, we’re focused on building a great mobile browser for Windows Phone and have made some great progress lately. So, no current plans for Android/iOS. We are committed to improving our own engine. We love the fact that the web was built on multiple competing (yet interoperable) platforms and believe that this is how it is going to move forward into the future!”
There you have it.
Obviously, porting Internet Explorer to iOS and Android (and doing a good job of it) could help Microsoft negate the negative perception that affects some of its software these days.
But then again, the company believes that there is a lot of merit in keeping a few goodies exclusive to users of its platforms, Windows and Windows Phone.
What do you think? Are Internet Explorer iOS and Android ports worth a try?