Internet Explorer 9 Will Never Work on XP

Tuesday Internet Explorer general manager Dean Hachamovitch introduced Internet Explorer 9 to MIX10 attendees. The reveal showed that the new browser is slated to support HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and will also use a new JavaScript engine. Microsoft even made available a downloadable "platform preview," mainly designed for developers but was also open for general viewing.

However Tuesday we discovered that the IE9 platform preview wouldn't install on Windows platforms older than Vista SP2. The demo itself wasn't really usable as a browser: it lacked a full user interface. But despite its limitations, it was assumed that the lack of pre-Vista SP2 support was only applied to the current download.

That's not the case. In fact, Microsoft has now made it perfectly clear that Internet Explorer 9 will not work on Windows XP now or in the future. "Building a modern browser requires a modern operating system," Hachamovitch said during a press conference at the event.

For users of the older OS, Internet Explorer 8 might be the last new browser from Microsoft.

In related news, CNET reports that Hachamovitch also briefly talked about codecs Microsoft will support in Internet Explorer 9, however Hachamovitch would only "commit to H.264."

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  • So... we stay with Firefox/Chrome, yes?
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  • Truly though this seems more like a nice excuse for Microsoft to start getting rid of Windows XP.
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  • I know something that DOES work on windows XP: FIREFOX!!!
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  • I know something that DOES work on windows XP: FIREFOX!!!
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  • Looks like Micro$haft is favouring the stick over the carrot, in forcing users on their latest and greatest version of Windows. Mind you, it was only a matter of time before they made Windows XP the "neglected, chained to the basement red-headed step child."
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  • So... we stay with Firefox/Chrome, yes?
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