Vista may whine but it’s stuck with IE9

Windows Vista users are locked out of IE10.Internet Explorer 9 that is. It has been confirmed that users of Windows Vista have had their final taste of an Internet Explorer upgrade. IE9 is the last browser Vista will get from Microsoft. Much like XP before, Windows Vista is now being marginalized in favour of Windows 7.

For many still clinging on to Vista this will be a kick in the pants. Anyone trying to install IE10 on XP or Windows Vista will receive the following error message: ”Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview does not support any operating system earlier than Windows 7.” It seems the WOW effect Microsoft pushed back in 2007 is finally wearing off.

If you want to try the preview release of IE10 you must be running Windows 7 RTW or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft clearly put a bullet in the future of Windows Vista when answering questions about why Vista users won’t be able to install their next browser:

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.

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