Microsoft’s IE9 incompatible with widely-used Windows XP

Microsoft’s IE9 incompatible with widely-used Windows XP

Despite the fact that Microsoft’s release of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) has attracted a lot of attention and rave reviews, there is also some resentment over Microsoft’s decision to make IE9 incompatible with Windows XP due to lack of requisite technologies to power the new browser.

Noting that almost 70 percent PCs are presently IE9-incompatible right out of the box, research firm NetApplications elaborated that, going by the August figures, nearly 61 percent of all computers run Windows XP. Furthermore, Windows Vista and Windows 7 – two browsers that are currently IE9 compatible - together make only about 30 percent of all PCs.

About the Windows XP users not able to download IE9, Ryan Gavin, senior director of IE business and marketing, told The Register that Microsoft intends to “continue to focus on how we do a great job with Windows 7.” The IE9 incompatibility with the widely-used XP version results from XP’s lacks the capabilities needed for supporting the hardware acceleration and HTML5 features of IE9.

With NetApplications’ statistics being a clear indication of the IE9 compatibility - or lack of it - with the PCs at present, analysts are of the opinion that it might take as long as a year before IE9 starts making any notable inroads.

The key reason why IE9 will likely take time to make its mark is that a substantial percentage of XP installs happen to be corporate installs which, traditionally, are the slowest ones to upgrade.