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More then to 80% of PC users world wide still use XP. Do you really think users will want to upgrade their operating system and most of their programs just so they can use a new browser?...not to mention the huge costs involved for businesses.
Microsoft WILL HAVE to come up with a striped down IE9 version for XP, sooner then later. The IE browser will be losing its market share much faster otherwise, it is that simple.
MS has made some bad bad mistakes. I'm not going to defend them in that regard, but i just don't see the reasoning for demanding an XP version.
[edited by: Web_speed at 2:09 pm (utc) on Sep 16, 2010]
There are so many other good alt browsers out there....it is either MS come up with an XP version or Chrome and FF fill the gap. That's all there is to it realy.
If that is not a good enough reason for Microsoft to come up with an XP version (and fast) then maybe they deserve to lose the market share they are currently losing and are about to lose even more.
Many corporations have a 3 year cycle on their hardware and XP survived the last few refreshes for a lot of corporations and a lot of that has to do with the downturn in spending across the board period.
not all businesses = big corporations.
In fact the vast majority are not.
There is no value in investing on Windows XP.
I can't find the answer anywhere: Anybody happen to know if this is a stand-alone beta or does it completely replace IE8?
Well, I must say what do you expect? Introduced 10 years ago is the OS you run with?
And who's fault is that? First MS takes ages to create a monster (Vista) and then another two years to get to W7.