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Internet Explorer 9 Will Never Be on Windows XP

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 107 comments

Looks like IE9 isn't made for the corporate world.

Microsoft this week launched the first beta for Internet Explorer 9, and most early reviews are positive. IE9 brings Microsoft's web browser up to modern standards, and that forward, progressive attitude is applying to operating systems as well – because the new Internet Explorer will never be on Windows XP.

In ditching Windows XP, the IE development team has been able to integrate IE9 into Windows 7 at a far better level than any browser yet. While multi-platform browsers like Firefox or Chrome perform well on Windows 7, IE9 has the advantage of being focused on modern Windows and has features such as webpage pinning and custom jump lists.

One of the issues, however, is that Windows XP is still the most commonly used version of Windows. From a pure user base perspective, it's odd that the biggest piece of the pie is ignored. But for a "free" piece of software like IE, Microsoft could be counting on IE9 driving some upgrades licenses from XP to Windows 7.

Another reason is that Microsoft had to leave Windows XP behind to remain competitive in the browser market, which is moving ahead with new features such as hardware acceleration.

Ryan Gavin, senior director of IE business and marketing, told the Register, "A modern web needs a modern operating system," and that Microsoft would "continue to focus on how we do a great job with Windows 7."

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    tipoo , September 17, 2010 4:32 PM
    A new piece of software not written for a 9 year old OS? THE HORROR!
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    nforce4max , September 17, 2010 4:08 PM
    Who uses IE any more?
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    victorintelr , September 17, 2010 4:05 PM
    It's a pitty for XP users (like me), but well... guess it's time to move on.
    Now as for forcing some XP users to upgrade...mmm...some will rather try another browser specially if their computer is pretty old.
    Some users lost, some users gained...it's always like that.
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    victorintelr , September 17, 2010 4:05 PM
    It's a pitty for XP users (like me), but well... guess it's time to move on.
    Now as for forcing some XP users to upgrade...mmm...some will rather try another browser specially if their computer is pretty old.
    Some users lost, some users gained...it's always like that.
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    nforce4max , September 17, 2010 4:08 PM
    Who uses IE any more?
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 4:12 PM
    Unfortunately I still didn't see any inovating, closing tabs is laggy, scrolling up-down is laggier than on chrome/ff/safari and overall the browser brings nothing new.

    I guess MS is just trying to be 'good enough' so that users don't switch browsers after an OS reinstall
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    hellwig , September 17, 2010 4:12 PM
    nforce4maxWho uses IE any more?

    Only people who are forced to because of various ActiveX applications or due to IE integration with other software or services. Most of these people are in the corporate sector, and are still using Windows XP. So yeah, I don't see IE9 as a big mover for Microsoft. I use IE at work, on my Windows XP machine my employer owns. Heck, I had to install IE7 myself, it was still running IE6 last summer when they re-imaged it.

    I run Windows 7 at home, but have no need to upgrade IE as I never use. Don't care how much better it is than IE8, it won't be better than Opera.
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    thechief73 , September 17, 2010 4:12 PM
    This makes sence in the fact of moving forward and supporting the new OS and emerging technologies, but as a Win XP user kinda sad I cannot update to the latest and greatist until my next build loaded up with Win7.

    Not trying to be a grammer snob, Im not perfect either but...
    Quote:
    Another reason is that Microsoft had TO leave Windows XP behind to remain competitive in the browser market
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    digiex , September 17, 2010 4:14 PM
    Quote:
    In ditching Windows XP, the IE development team has been able to integrate IE9 into Windows 7 at a far better level than any browser yet.


    Another anti-trust lawsuit in he making.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 4:18 PM
    Hello... Vista Ultimate User here... It's only a couple years old installed.
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    lo_vaquero , September 17, 2010 4:25 PM
    nforce4maxWho uses IE any more?


    A vast portion of the Corporate world. At least in the US. I'd also wager that a large portion of the world in-general still uses IE, based on usage reports...=)
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    dman3k , September 17, 2010 4:26 PM
    I might use IE a little bit more now; but I'll still use FF for better add-ons; Opera for better total package; and Chrome if I feel like I need speed over reliability. FF4 FTW!
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 4:28 PM
    That's OK Internet Exploder 9 will never be on my Mac either
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    chaoski , September 17, 2010 4:29 PM
    Even if it worked with XP, i wouldn't use it.

    And No MS I will not upgrade to W7 just to get IE....lol
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    tipoo , September 17, 2010 4:32 PM
    A new piece of software not written for a 9 year old OS? THE HORROR!
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    jgiron , September 17, 2010 4:34 PM
    Quote:
    In ditching Windows XP, the IE development team has been able to integrate IE9 into Windows 7 at a far better level than any browser yet.

    Isn't this what got them in trouble along time ago when the kicked Netscape in the balls? Integrating the browser with the OS.

    I agree that WinXP needs to be phased out but it doesn't mean ignoring customer needs. The article has a good point about Chrome, Opera, FireFox and Safari all running great on XP.
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    gnesterenko , September 17, 2010 4:35 PM
    Well there is also the fact that most large corps XP support contracts with Microsoft are going to be expiring in the next year or two, and those that haven't rolled out Windows 7 yet are at the very least considering/testing it (I'm talking major corps, not small business), so this does make sense, as by the time they roll over to 7, IE9 will be mature enough to roll up to that as well.

    "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
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    shiboe , September 17, 2010 4:36 PM
    Think this is a good decision. A big problem for MS seems to be it's willingness to support and deploy for all antiquated products. Apple seems to have the right idea in pushing it's users to the newer versions, and not carrying all that antiquated load with each new iteration.

    And as a web programmer, FFS can we please kill IE6 already. Hopefully this is yet another small step.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 4:42 PM
    If people haven't upgraded to Win7 and stuck to XP, thats there problem, they need to modernize themselves and stop complaining...
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    darkchazz , September 17, 2010 4:43 PM
    Windows 7 runs as good as XP and has more features, why are people still using a very old OS ?
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    jojesa , September 17, 2010 4:50 PM
    Quote:
    Internet Explorer 9 Will Never Be on Windows XP

    Never say never...if there is a mean there is always a way.
    Just way till hackers start playing with IE9...you might even find it for Win 98
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    webdev511 , September 17, 2010 4:55 PM
    digiexAnother anti-trust lawsuit in he making.

    If the other browser companies choose not to leverage all of the published APIs, how is that grounds for an anti-trust lawsuit? Mozilla does leverage the APIs for some rendering, but only for items in the browser page area.

    Microsofts "advantage" is that they are developing IE9 for a single platform. Everyone else is writing for a lot more than that and as such have decided that not to write a specfic version for Windows just so they can implement full hardware acceleration.
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    xelliz , September 17, 2010 4:55 PM
    hellwigHeck, I had to install IE7 myself, it was still running IE6 last summer when they re-imaged it.

    You sound surprised, but then if your company lets users install software...that alone says alot about the people you work for.
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