Yes, once again, Microsoft takes the opportunity to antagonize over half of their customers, by reiterating the point that Windows XP will never have Internet Exploder running on it.
The excuse for this is that the new browser requires DirectX 10 for its function to render sites properly, but as anyone who follows this knows, Microsoft has lied about capabilities before.
When Windows Defender was such a big deal ( can you believe that? ), Microsoft decided that it was not going to run on Windows 2000. That was when several enterprising individuals decided to look and see what the problem really was. It turned out that it was a version check, which if bypassed, allowed Windows Defender to be placed on Windows 2000 without any problems whatsoever.
When the first games were coming out with DX10 capabilities, Microsoft refused to backport DX10 to Windows XP, stating that users would have to upgrade to play the games. Some industrious users decided that they would find out what was really needed to get DX10 running on Windows XP. After a few attempts, DX10, and many of those games were/are running on Windows XP.
Now with this browser we are once again told that IE9 will not run on Windows XP. How long will it be before some group of individuals examines the guts of IE9 and figures out how to make it run on XP? It may not be worthwhile, but many will take that as part of the challenge, and persevere.
If for any reason it is not possible, there are several other browsers, ready to pick up the slack.
Now that the Internet Explorer 9 Beta is out, Redmond is sharing a few more details about the final product. One juicy tidbit they’ve dropped is that users of Windows XP are boned if they expected to be able to update to the latest and greatest Microsoft browser. According to Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin, the company won’t be adding IE9’s GPU acceleration to IE8, and IE9 won’t be available on XP.
During this Windows XP hate-fest, Microsoft reps also took the opportunity to talk up Windows 7. So the picture is clear, If you’re still on Windows XP, Microsoft is looking to leave you in the dust bit by bit. About 53% of global PCs are still on Windows XP, many of them in corporate settings. Much of the IE9 hardware acceleration is tied into DirectX 10, which is only officially available on Windows Vista and 7.
By making this move, Microsoft is basically ceding a portion of the market to Firefox and Chrome. If users want advanced web features, that’s where they have to go. It’s not clear if development of any sort will continue on IE8. Still, using language like this just invites clever users to make IE9 run on whatever they want.
Microsoft must realize by now that this type of talk just whets the appetite of those who do this sort of thing, and begins their process of calling Microsoft a liar once again, and showing it can be done, with few outside people, and no source code.
Some people, like those that work to do things Microsoft says can’t be done, are especially stubborn – they used to call it Yankee ingenuity or Yankee pride.