May 6th, 2010, 19:00 PM
Microsoft hit on lack of HTML 5 plans for XP
Microsoft came under fire from some of its rivals on Wednesday for its decision not to offer Internet Explorer 9 -- and hence support for the upcoming HTML 5 standard -- to users of its older Windows XP operating system.
Microsoft said at its MIX developer conference in March that IE 9 won't be offered for XP. The reason, technical evangelist Giorgio Sardo said at the Web 2.0 Expo on Wednesday, is that IE 9 is a "modern browser," and getting the benefits of the hardware acceleration and other performance gains that it will offer requires a "modern OS."
That didn't sit well with Alex Russell, a member of Google's Chrome browser development team. "Opera and Mozilla are also hardware-accelerating their browsers, and all of us are doing it on XP," said Russell, who joined Sardo and representatives from Mozilla, Opera and Yahoo for a panel discussion on the future of Web browsers.
"You describe a world where users are getting left behind," Russell said.
Full story: Computerworld
May 8th, 2010, 17:25 PM
And this is why Microsoft sux but not entirely. I am not a MS hater.. I like office and windows to a degree.. but not supporting popular OSes just so you can pressure people to upgrade is a load of poppycock! XP should be supported for at least 10 years if not 20... with updates like browser capability especially if all the other browser producers are supporting theirs for XP...