Vista on the way out like XP. Microsoft’s new browser, Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), will not run on Windows Vista, either now in its Platform Preview release or in its final release when the software ships, the company confirmed today. In a similar, and recent move, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, the browser that went final four weeks ago, does not support Windows XP, the most popular OS in the world.
To quote Microsoft themselves:
Windows Vista customers have a great browsing experience with IE9, but in building IE10 we are focused on continuing to drive the kind of innovation that only happens when you take advantage of the ongoing improvements in modern operating systems and modern hardware.
The spokeswoman of microsoft also lumped Vista in with the 10-year-old Windows XP when asked why Microsoft was abandoning vista with IE10.
“Regarding Windows Vista, our decision with IE9 was not to build to the lowest common denominator,” she said. “With IE9 we made the decision to help unlock the best Web experience possible, which means taking advantage of everything around the browser — including Windows 7 and modern PC hardware.”
Vista is still very popular nowadays. According to Hitslink, Vista runs on over 10% of the world’s computers, making it the third most popular operating system in the world, after Windows XP with 54%, and 7 with 24%. Microsoft’s decision only makes sense the the OS vendor wants to give people as many reasons to upgrade their PCs to Wnidows 7 as possible. Well, users running Windows XP and Vista may just jump ship to the browsers that do run on their platform – like Chrome, Firefox and Opera.