Microsoft Confirms IE9 Won't Come to XP

Microsoft Confirms IE9 Won't Come to XP

When we previewed Internet Explorer's new rendering engine this week we noted that the same features that made IE9's hardware-acceleration possible probably aren't compatible with Windows XP. Microsoft initially dodged giving a straight answer to the question of XP support but has since admitted that the new browser won't be XP-compatible when it launches.

This has created a small tempest of protest from those users still using XP, but this is less of an arbitrary decision than some appear to think. It's literally impossible to port Windows Vista/Win 7-style hardware acceleration backwards into XP. Microsoft would have to either develop a workaround from scratch or create a CPU-driven "software mode." Using such a mode could easily max out a CPU and negatively impact system speed and battery life.


So, yeah, that's what we call an improvement, particularly when compared against IE8.

We also don't think much of the argument that Microsoft is abandoning XP lovers. IE8 is much more secure than IE6 by any comparison and while XP is still humming along on an awful lot of netbooks, consistent sales data has shown that netbooks are almost always secondary systems, not primary ones. XP and IE8 are fine for a netbook, especially since it could be 6-12 months before we even see IE9 ship. After nearly 10 years it's time to let XP totter off and die with dignity.
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Devil_Dante:

My sympathies to all of the XP users who are also IE8 users. I have XP, but alas, I really do not enjoy IE, though I haven't used it since IE6, as I am a Firefox user.

 

I wonder how many people you would be sympathetic to. I'm curious how many XP users there are that still use IE. And of those, I wonder if anyone cares or even knows about a new IE update. I'm sure if they really cared or noticed about the new IE, they would just switch to an alternative like Firefox instead of upgrading to Windows 7 just for IE9.

 

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RyuGTX:

Devil_Dante:

My sympathies to all of the XP users who are also IE8 users. I have XP, but alas, I really do not enjoy IE, though I haven't used it since IE6, as I am a Firefox user.

 

I wonder how many people you would be sympathetic to. I'm curious how many XP users there are that still use IE. And of those, I wonder if anyone cares or even knows about a new IE update. I'm sure if they really cared or noticed about the new IE, they would just switch to an alternative like Firefox instead of upgrading to Windows 7 just for IE9.

 

You're probably right, but it would still suck to have your OS slowly phased out. Fortunately, I will be upgrading to a Windows 7 computer eventually, when I can muster up a few hundred dollars to start building a new computer. Of course I will remain a Firefox user, since I still believe it's the best one, and is my favorite browser.

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I'll have one Pc that will need 64-bit support and it will have 7. The other can get away with XP and my wife doesn't want to change yet, so that one will saty on XP. In either event neither of use IE, so what it is supported on is a moot point.

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I suppose these are the initial stages to finally phase out the XP operating system. 

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