Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

Summary: Yikes! I think my inbox nearly melted from all the comments you've been sending me regarding Microsoft's decision not to release IE9 for the XP platform.

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Yikes! I think my inbox nearly melted from all the comments you've been sending me regarding Microsoft's decision not to release IE9 for the XP platform.

One thing's for sure, you Hardware 2.0 readers are a passionate lot, and a lot of you still use XP, and you're very attached to the aging OS. Those attached to XP don't like Vista and don't seem all that excited by Windows 7 either. You don't want to have to spend the money, you don't want to have to learn how to use a new OS, and you don't want to have to spend money unnecessarily ...

... but you want IE9 ...

Note: Over the past month, the stats for Hardware 2.0 show that Windows XP and Windows 7 visitors are neck-and-neck at 40% each. Worldwide, XP usage seems to be at around 66%.

Hey, I feel your pain. It sucks to have the door to cool new stuff slammed in your face (my first-generation iPod touch is perfectly functional but won't run the new iOS4 ... it sucks ...).

But XP is old. It was first released in 2001, and the last service pack was released nearly two and a half years ago. That's eons in the tech world. As much as we'd like things to last forever, it doesn't happen. XP users have had a good run, but time is ticking. It's still supported, but the day will come when support is switched off ... April 2014 ... it's not that far away ...

Note: I'm curious and somewhat intrigued by those who are sticking with XP "for now" but who are "planning" to switch to Linux once Microsoft "pulls the plug on XP." Hmmmm, really ... ? I'm doubtful to say the least.

If Microsoft was just arbitrarily choosing to lock out XP users for no real reason, I'd be the first to object. But this isn't the case here. Microsoft wants to add hardware acceleration to the browser, and to do that it has chosen to use Direct2D APIs, something that isn't available on XP. Many of you have expressed that this is a mistake that Microsoft will regret.

But like I said in my original post (and many of you ignored), just because you're using XP, and can't use IE9, that doesn't mean that you can't make use of a modern browser - Firefox, Chrome and Opera all continue to support XP ... for now ... that too will eventually change.

XP is waning, and those sticking with it will find themselves increasingly marginalized over the coming months.

Topics: Software, Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • What's there to regret?

    Sane, intelligent people are planning their migration from XP.
    rtk
    • RE: What's there to regret?

      @rtk <br>Sane, intelligent people are already running Windows 7.
      drphysx
      • Sane, intelligent people

        @drphysx who haven't taken a good look at OS X (or maybe Linux) should be on Windows 7; it's the closest thing to a great OS that Microsoft have shipped since NT 3.51.
        Jeff Dickey
      • Sane intelligent people are planning to move to Win-8

        They will hold onto XP for now. Win-7 will be legacy OS in two years.
        Auna
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @Jeff Dickey

        Get real. I took a look at OSX and Linux, and with the latter as soon as I started having problems getting connected to the internet, I said "GOODBYE LINUX!"

        It's time to realize that Linux is too techie oriented for regular users. OSX? Too small a software library, way too small. Now, if OSX offered a way to run Windows programs on it?

        THEN, I would think about switching to OSX.
        Lerianis10
      • RE: What's there to regret?

        @drphysx @rtk That's no joke on both your parts. Anyone (competent) who has to manage a network of Windows desktops is either already running Windows 7 or is desperately planning their deployment.

        "Lets wait for Windows 8 and see" sounds like the words of a MCSE who just realized much of his knowledge is outdated and the certification isn't even worth the holographic paper its printed on.

        As a note, I also have Mac and Linux desktops and servers in addition to Windows. Windows 2008R2 has some awesome features for them, too, especially when combined with Likewise. (Can you say POSIX filesystems with symlinks, pipes, etc via CIFS when the SFU functions are installed on your file servers? Effortless Kerberos single sign-on? And other awesomeness.)
        cabdriverjim
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @drphysx

        This is the most insane comment I have come across. Are you being paid by Microsoft to promote Windows 7. When Firefox 4 or Chrome 10 can work well on XP, why only IE7 should misbehave on XP. I use XP because it is supported by numerous other applications that I use. I see no reason to switch to Windows 7. In fact, I have purchased new copies of XP to replace the dumbo Vista. I would switch to Windows 7 when my application vendors begin to support Windows 7 fully. Is that insane moron?
        Infotwins
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @drphysx
        People who have ties to tech world and depend on tech evolution for a paycheck have switched and constantly try to persuede others to. In my opinion this "evolution" is created by greed and it is about time Consumers/users dictated what speed the evolution will run at. Just because you want to cash out sooner rather than later is not good enough.
        frugalone
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @drphysx

        No, We went Linux
        wtasbury@...
      • Sane People are waiting for Windows 8 :-)

        Sane and intelligent people knew Vista sucked, and they decided not to go for Win7 as they knew it was the best attempt of MS. We knew for pretty sure that with Windows 8 MS will come up with something worth buying. Also now its time to upgrade the PC so one can also get a great deal on the OS.
        mangalorecafe
    • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

      @rtk

      Sane people don't throw away money in times of recession, or immediately there after
      chameleon@...
      • Tools

        Keeping the tools of your profession up to date is not throwing money away, nor is providing your employees with the equipment needed to keep them productive. I agree that you don't throw away perfectly functional equipment, but I do believe that every piece of equipment has a limited useful life. XP is very near the end of its useful life, and most of the computers running it are nearing end of life as well.
        itpro_z
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @chameleon@...

        Sane people install a decent browser like Firefox or Chrome
        explodingwalrus
      • You have to spend money to make money

        @chameleon@...


        I agree with what ItPro_z has said....
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @chameleon@... Computers running Windows XP are about 5 years old and they will eventually die.
        illegaloperation
      • You are sooooo right!

        @chameleon@...

        My doctor wants me to take a course of the latest antibiotics for a blood infection, but I say "poppycock"! I'm not shelling out good money for those overpriced medicines, when there are perfectly good sulpher drugs left over from my grandmother's hysterectomy in 1945.
        trickytom3
      • RE: Readers have spoken: No IE9 on XP is a mistake Microsoft will regret

        @chameleon@... All evidence to the contrary. All kinds of expensive gadgets are literally flying off the shelves the minute they come out. Where people are getting their money from is anybody's guess, but buying they are.
        BR999
        • Are you sure? Literally!!!

          Did you actually see these expensive gadgets "literally" flying off the shelves?
          Wow how come there are not video of these gadgets LITERALLY flying off the shelves.
          WOW this must be some latest technology we never heard of LMAO
          mangalorecafe
      • @itpro_z

        Except that most people don't need to upgrade to Windows 7 to keep the tools of their profession up to date. Since most people use Windows in their profession to write memos, letters, work with spreadsheets and put together power point presentations. Truth be told, they can do that with Office XP on Windows 2000.
        frgough
      • Good point...

        @chameleon@... I'm sick of having to blow 2-300 bucks every time MS wants my money, and then to find out I've got to have all new computers, too. MS can have the rich man's money, but mine's 'way too tight. If I can't use XP, Then Ubuntu, here I come!
        Papa_Bill