If this sounds like something you have heard before, you are right. This time however, Microsoft may just get away with it, as the numbers of people using Windows Vista are much smaller than those running Windows XP who were told that Internet Explorer 9 would not be an upgrade for them.
Microsoft continues to show amazing hubris, as the developers believe that their browser, which arrived last month, performing in the middle of the pack, is something that users of their operating systems cannot do without. That was something never established, and will hardly become the norm in the time of so many other, better choices.
Only the Microsoft zealots and fanboys will find this to be a problem – and they may not, for the ability to run IE10, when it arrives, may be as simple as doctoring a few lines of code in the installer, as it was with running the recently purchased Windows Defender, on Windows 2000 operating system versions, before Microsoft even bothered to remove the last traces of the marks from Giant Software. Microsoft had notice that Defender would not run, but with the changes to the installer, it was possible with no further attention.
After all, there have been no major changes to the underpinnings of the system from Vista to Windows 7, the things on the surface looking like the work of a adequate mechanic, who wishes to turn his late model Chevrolet –equivalent into a Cadillac Escalade. The looks are there, but a closer inspection reveals the origins as being different from the exterior clues.
There may be no move in that direction, however, as there are so many other choices that the extra effort involved to obtain the use of a browser, yet unproven and without pedigree, may not be undertaken.
Only when Microsoft brings in a browser that debuts at the top of the charts will there be a wish for the masses to use it. When it is fast, easy to use, and brings something to the table that no other browser does, it will become necessary. Until that time it will take more than a blue lower case “e” to get people excited.
Keeping those happy with Windows Vista from using the new browser will only anger many, for they see that Microsoft wishes to push upgrades on those not wanting them, and thus more scrutiny will come to the fact that Microsoft has yet to get the last niggling bugs out of anything they produce, and that the repair for long standing bugs is always shown as the paid upgrade.
As someone stated on another site, it looks as though IE9 is the new IE6. Microsoft has done well by keeping versions of its main cash cow, Office, compatible with as wide a number of things as possible; it might follow that they would do the same with anything else that had become a major effort.
Clarity in thinking and continuing consistency should be the hallmarks of any large corporation, but Mr. Ballmer has not yet learned that lesson.