Internet Explorer 9 won't run on Windows XP

XP not about to get the 'advanced web experiences' of HTML5 any time soon...

Microsoft’s elaborate Internet Explorer 9 launch yesterday – featuring the Gorillaz – marked the download availability of the browser’s Beta phase. It wasn’t all good news though, as IE’s top exec Ryan Gavin revealed a downside of the new, HTML5-loving web experience.

While talking to the Register, Gavin conceded that the new browser doesn’t (and will never) work with Windows XP – news that leaves millions of PCs that haven’t joined the Vista or Windows 7 bandwagon out in the cold.

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Related links:

- Internet Explorer 9 Beta available to download
- Microsoft Internet Explorer use falls to 60 per cent
- Internet Explorer security warning issued
- Microsoft rushes to patch Internet Explorer
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Gavin proffered that "A modern web needs a modern operating system," and that Microsoft will "continue to focus on how we do a great job with Windows 7." IE9 was launched alongside the new BeautyoftheWeb, which showcases what can be done on the new browser with some creative use of the HTML5 standard, but that’s something that you’ll only be able to appreciate if you’ve got Vista or 7, as there are no plans to bring these features to Internet Explorer 9.

Has Microsoft’s lack of backward-compatibility dissipated your IE9 excitement? Let us know on the T3 Twitter feed.

Link: The Register

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