Microsoft is playing hardball again. Over the years they’ve forced people to upgrade software in order to get the latest greatest bullshit they provide. The trick is to offer new features and not make them compatible with older versions of windows.
Microsoft is not happy that over half their customer base is on XP. They are finally rolling out IE 9 and (of course) it doesn’t support XP. This obsolescence strategy is so transparent. The old version like IE 7 will rapidly become a security risk and customers just have to have IE 9. That means obediently trotting down to the store for Win 7 or perhaps a new pc with Win 7.
Or does it? Perhaps our as*hole buddies in Redmond have overstepped? There are at least four or more browser alternatives. Perhaps this little Microsoft gamble drives even more of their customers to the other browsers? IE 9 could be left withering on the vine.
Could this backfire on Microsoft? Will even more people switch to Chrome, Firefox, Mosaic, or any of the others?
For the record, I stopped using IE almost 3 years ago. I became convinced it was too large a security risk.