Microsoft would like to see Internet Explorer 6 buried and forgotten, but yet even it makes the occasional mis-step that will continue to extend its life.
Internet Explorer 9 went into public Beta this week, and it does seem to run smoother than any previous version, and supports all of the latest Web standards. It’s a huge step in the right direction for the brand except for the fact that the primary people that still use IE 6 aren’t allowed to install it.
Windows XP is still a prominent operating system, and businesses are still using it in droves. Since most people bought this program when IE 6 was pre-installed, it has remained on their systems due to corporate IT departments have built around it and don’t want to worry about integrating it into their current infrastructures. While IE 9 is supposed to be far more secure, there is a small problem in that it is only compatiable with Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows XP support is nowhere to be seen, nor will it be.
If Microsoft really wants to see IE 6 die, they needed IE 9 to run on Windows XP and to promote the increased security and compatibility with the current version of the Web. Sadly, this isn’t going to happen, so this rapidly aging version of the program will continue to haunt Web designers for the foreseeable future.
As for the promo video … wow, that’s some natural acting.
What say you? Should they have made sure there was Windows XP support?