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Internet Explorer 9 Will Not Support Windows XP

March 20th, 2010 03:40 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

MojoKid writes “As it turns out, news this week is that the same features that made IE9′s hardware-acceleration possible probably aren’t compatible with Windows XP. Microsoft initially dodged giving a straight answer to the question of XP support but has since admitted that the new browser won’t be XP-compatible when it launches. This has created a small tempest of protest from those users still using XP, but this is less of an arbitrary decision than some appear to think. It’s literally impossible to port Windows Vista/Win 7-style hardware acceleration backwards to XP. Microsoft would have to either develop a workaround from scratch or create a CPU-driven ‘software mode.’”

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  • Matt

    HAHA… Microsoft is full of crap. I’m sorry, but saying “It’s literally impossible to port Windows Vista/Win 7-style hardware acceleration backwards to XP” is totally BS. We’ve already seen that DX10 is compatible with Windows XP due to a problem nVidia was having during the DX10 adaption. Microsoft pulled the code that would have originally made XP incompatible with DX10, so we know that it in fact would be possible.

    Microsoft is just saying “If you want DX10 or IE9, you have to buy a new computer.” Shame on them for creating such a piece of crap to taunt people with.

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  • http://www.zialingua.com/bbs/ Zia

    Well, there are choices, unless in a dictatorship, like Mac or Linux.
    And, while Mac is tied to its own hardware, Linux runs on any hardware available, and it’s free.

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