Microsoft has confirmed earlier reports that Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will
not run on XP. That’s prompted speculation that the company may be using the
browser as a way to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 7.
Some sources speculated that a future update to either the browser or
operating system might alter the lack of support for Microsoft’s current #1
operating system (OS). But this week Microsoft’s Giorgio Sardo confirmed IE9
will never run on Windows XP.
Going by the statistics, it seems an odd decision to not have the browser on
XP. Even though Windows XP is nine years old and has had two successors, XP is
still by far the most widely used operating system in the world, running on
almost 2/3 of all PCs.