Windows Vista Users Unjustly Snubbed By IE10



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If you look at Microsoft's latest trends it seems evident that most of their software releases are aimed to support the latest 2 versions of Windows. Seeing as the IE10 release is scheduled to coincide with Windows 8, this pattern applies. Windows has moved to a 3 year release schedule as of Vista, which will make Vista 6 years old at the time of the IE10 and Windows 8 release. For people who refuse to purchase updated software, feel free to continue using out-dated software. But you can't expect companies to continue supporting your out-dated software forever.

I'm getting sick and tired of apparent "tech" people losing their shit any time Microsoft makes a change to any of their software (Vista, Ribbon UI, etc.). If you like the XP interface and it's legacy performance design, or if you like the Office 2003 interface, then fine, continue using the old software version and shut the f*** up! Don't give Microsoft shit for progressing their new software. What's the point of new versions if it's the exact same anyways? The fact is, Windows Vista and Windows 7 made necessary changes to bring the OS up to today’s security and development conventions, breaking compatibility with XP had to be done eventually. Windows Vista and Windows 7 make much better use of today's more powerful hardware and offer considerably better real-word performance than XP on modern hardware. And my biggest nitpick, the Ribbon UI is light-years ahead of the old Office 2003 interface, both in terms of aesthetics and usability. And I am ecstatic that Microsoft is FINALLY updating the majority of their OS's interface with something up to today’s standards! The Ribbon UI is going to make explorer a much more useful application in Windows 8. Anybody that doesn't like the Ribbon UI is simply being lazy, stubborn and a duechbag really. If you'd actually take the time to use the interface and learn it, the Ribbon UI is much more simple and productive than previous UI's.

In short, update your god damn software and you won’t have to worry ;)



Cregan89: "then fine, continue using the old software version and shut the f*** up! Don't give Microsoft shit for progressing their new software."

I agree with the majority of what you said - software, security, and interface updates are all important and MS has a right to do what they please as a private company.

On the flip side of the coin is that not everyone can afford an upgrate every few years.  What might be chump change at $500 of hardware and $100 of O/S to you and me is quite an expense for someone like a single mom of two young kids or a not-for-profit organisation.

So rather than belittling and berating others (some of whom might be economically disenfrenchised), some options should be shown as an alternative to MS products and encourage a bit of compassion by keeping older O/S'es up-to-date.  I am sure with the assets MS have, they can at least keep the older software secure and somewhat updated.



This is MS's usual behavior, protect and promote the latest version of their monopoly at all costs.  Whether that hurts other divisions is irrelevant.

Short term thinking on their part.



IE10 is actually scheduled to be released in time with Windows 8. So they're "protecting and promoting" their 2 latest versions. Or about 6 years of backwards compatibility. Name one other OS which offers nearly %100 feature update compatibility for 6 years?



I currently use Chrome on Win 7 and OS X. When I'm on Ubuntu I'm using the default Firefox. Screw IE (and Safari for that matter.)

Vista needs to be a footnote in computer history. XP was cool, but people need to move on. If I was trying to get by on legacy hardware, I'd rather use a good Linux distro than XP now. Get off that shit, folks so more viruses can be written to exploit Win 7! j/k



Keeping in mind the IE9 schedule where the first platform preview was released about a year before RTM and release, IE 10 will be out in about a year.  This would coincide with the end of mainstream support of Vista, and the end of new features being added to the OS.  It makes sense, based on past history and a knowledge of the standard support lifecycles.




Windows 7 is Windows Vista.  What it isn't, is Windows 7.  Windows Vista is Windows NT 6.0.  Windows "7" is Windows NT 6.1.  What technical reason would there be for it not to work.  Wouldn't it be like the difference between Windows 98 and 98SE?

Also, what will the next version of Windows REALLY be?  Windows 7 or Windows "8"?



As already noted "Who cares?" Firefox, Chrome, & even Maxathon all beat IE at anything they do. And I still use Vista on my laptop along with Mint...that's not changing.


Keith E. Whisman

I kinda thought that Windows ME was the disaster of all disasters basically equivalent to something on the order of the Japanese earth quake and tsunami. 



Nah...the Japanese earthquake and tsunami was just Lane beating the crap out of Mike.



MS is purposely trying to kill off one of the darkest days in the companies history by not supporting any future development on the platform, and can any of you really blame them...?



Sure we can... they're MICROSOFT. Anyway, it's crap like this that grinds my gears with them... not that I really care if they want to shoot themselves in the foot. They just snubbed millions of Vista users the same way the snubbed millions and millions of XP users by not porting DX11 support, IE... useless, Games for Windows... useless, VISTA... almost useless at first until they fixed it (somewhat), next to Win 7, XP was actually they're greatest OS ever, but whatever... enthusiasts and power users will continue using FF and Chrome and hopefully the GNU and LINUX community will create a developer suite something like .NET to help programmers create better gaming for Linux so MS can start losing market share there too.



I thought Mono was the Linux equivalent to .Net?

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Who cares!!! I haven't used IE since firefox (around 2004). 


This is typical Microsoft BS that no logical thinking person will be able to understand.



What's the biggie anyway??? There's Firefox...

Kinda weird though, Vista and 7 are similar in build. MS is inadvertently killing IE market share.



which is perfectly fine by me... i'd even buy them the shotgun, if they're so eager to pull the trigger on their market share...

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