While not official, it appears Internet Explorer (IE) is headed for the bit pasture and will be replaced with a new web browser code named Project Spartan. It's not surprising, as I see many companies adding a second web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox) on their standard laptops to support web sites needing the newest features, and even a few companies that have made this their default web browser, relegating IE for use with old, legacy web sites.
Short story: The browser is the new desktop. Pick a good one.