Don't Expect iE9 to Ever Reach XP: Microsoft

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 opened its public beta with a splash on Wednesday, but more than have the PCs in the world can't currently run it. That's because IE9 uses the Direct2D API, to accelerate content rendering with your GPU, and therein lies the rub: Direct2D is only on Windows Vista and later OSes.

That means, Microsoft told the Register, that you won't be able to get IE9 on Windows XP. Based on last month's Net Applications data, Windows XP ran on 52.1 percent of all Windows PCs used to browse the Web last month, while Vista accounted for 27 percent and Windows 7 for 20.8 percent. That's in the U.S., and XP has a greater share outside America.

Chrome and Firefox are still able to leverage HW acceleration on XP because they use different methods. Chrome implements uses OpenGL graphics APIs for rendering; Firefox uses an intermediate layer to work with DirectX 9 and OpenGL.

Of course, the current release of IE9 is a beta, and it will take time to reach release status. During that time, Windows XP market share will drop, as it has been. Still, it seems a poor move on Microsoft's part to exclude so many current users, particularly outside the U.S., where migration to a new OS takes longer.
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Joel H replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 10:38 AM

Microsoft doesn't have a choice on this one. XP uses GDI+, which means it's impossible to back-port IE 9 to XP without first re-writing the GUI. This would leave the company with two different display front-ends to support.

It doesn't seem very practical to go that route.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 11:23 PM

This is not surprising: Microsoft purposely doesn't backport API's to older operating systems. If they did, there'd never be a reason to buy a new version of windows.

I can't seriously believe that there are any XP users who give a damn about IE9. Anyone who's a MS fan would have already upgraded their OS, and anyone who's not would have switched to a more secure browser long ago.

If anyone seriously dislikes Vista & 7 so much as to still purposefully be on XP, they should give Linux a try. Keep your XP partition for games, use Linux for everything else.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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