The latest news today from the Microsoft Mix 2010 conference is that Internet Explorer 9 will NOT be supported in Windows XP. A decision that’s already seen the pitchforks out for Microsoft with people claiming it’s just a way to force customers to upgrade to Windows 7.
When you take a second to think about the reason why Microsoft had to break support for XP, it makes sense if they are taking advantages of core technologies built into Vista and Windows 7. So whilst on the surface it may look appear as profit-driven move, there’s likely a much more intelligent explanation.
If your running an older system you had to know at some stage application developers (both Microsoft and 3rd party) would eventually move on from supporting a 10 year old operating system, in favour of moving forward and innovating. Don’t forget XP users can still run IE8, which is fine for today, but the technologies of the future, particularly HTML5 will be critical to the web in the coming years.
The expected timeline for release is later this year or perhaps even into 2011, so my advice to those who want to use IE9, then start planning a system upgrade now.
For those who are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can check out an early build of IE9, or Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview 1.9.17745.6019 by visiting http://ietestdrive.com.
Press release @ Microsoft