You heard it here first (OK, unless you’re cheating on us for where you get your cyberspace news)!
The next generation of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser will not, I repeat, NOT run on your faithful old XP computer.
This was announced at Microsoft’s Mix conference in Las Vegas, NV earlier this week while they were busy showing it off to the crowd. “Yeah, it can do all sorts of really cool stuff and well, by the way (talking really fast and soft) it doesn’t work on XP”
They say it’s built from the “ground up” to run on Windows 7 (and Vista if anyone is still running that by the time it gets released).
If you want more info, feel free to check out the FAQ on the “preview” site. Looks like you can even download what appears to be the Beta of the Beta for this browser.
If your knee jerk reaction to this news was something like, “What the hell are they thinking?”, then you and I are pretty much on the same page. The BIG question is, if you use Internet Explorer and are running XP, just how long will version 9 be out before you can no longer get updates for version 8?
And once the updates stop, you KNOW the hackers will swarm in and discover a whole bundle of new ways to get into unpatched little holes. Soon, they’ll be no limit to the amount of viruses, malware, spyware, and all kind of other “wares” they can slip into your XP computer.
As an added bonus, XP users get left out in the cold for HTML 5. Why do you care? HTML 5 is the next generation of the “language” that lets web pages work. It will allow video, games, and cool new types of interactivity without ANY extra plug ins (like Adobe Flash, or MS Silverlight for instance). Web developers can’t wait for this stuff, so you KNOW you’ll see it sooner rather than later.
But XP users won’t get to play. Sorry…
See, MS says that most XP computers are too old to support HTML 5 anyway. True? In some cases, sure, but there are plenty of people running XP on Vista compatible computers that WOULD be able to run HTML 5, no problem. They just didn’t want Vista.
Can you get around this problem? Sure, run FireFox like I do. Give it a try, it’s not just for geeks anymore, ya know.
While the browser issue is bad enough, I think the upshot is pretty transparent by now – MS is using this to pressure users into upgrading. XP was simply too good – or at least good enough.
Things are becoming more and more web based, and it scares the poop out of Microsoft. Even for those of us here at WS, 90% of what we do is 100% internet based. I’m even typing this up inside of the online WordPress interface – no word processor required!
The time is coming when all we’re going to need to be more or less happy with our computer is a web browser. MS doesn’t like this idea at all, so since they have the world’s most popular web browser, why not make it mandatory to upgrade to Windows 7 in order to use it? THEN you’ll have a reason to upgrade.
Or will you?
I think Firefox, Safari, Opera, and even Google Chrome (OK, maybe not – Chrome kind of sucks), are going to find a whole new following. This is just the chance they needed.
Yup, I think MS just took out the revolver, pointed at their foot, and pulled the trigger.
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