This blog is all about the problems of Linux and especially the cult-like mentality many of its supporters have. Criticizing Linux meant often times defending Microsoft, since that company is demonized beyond belief by the freetards to further their own cause.
But, I am not blind and I have no problems pointing out the shortcomings of companies when it needs to be done. Microsoft announced that it will not release Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Vista:
Regarding Windows Vista, our decision with IE9 [and 10] was not to build to the lowest common denominator .. Microsoft confirmed that the new browser is intended only for Windows 7
What?! Windows Vista together with the Platform Update that was released for it in 2009 is almost equal to Windows 7 API wise.
The core component of the new Internet Explorer versions, Direct2D, is available on Vista. Microsoft themselves have said that the update was designed to “[make] it easier for developers to develop for Windows 7 and Windows Vista without impacting their users“. (source)
The Platform Update includes among other parts:
Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library: components for developers to leverage the latest advancements in modern graphics technologies for gaming, multimedia, imaging and printing applications. It includes updates to DirectX to support hardware acceleration for 2D, 3D and text based scenarios; DirectCompute for hardware accelerated parallel computing scenarios; and XPS Library for document printing scenarios.
Just what the hell will Internet Explorer 10 will do, that this will not be enough to run it? Killing of the support for Windows XP with Internet Explorer 9 was understandable, this action is not.
Given the fact that the time frame between the first Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview and the final of IE9 was exactly one year, as it was the case with the first public beta version of IE 8 and the final, and the fact that the first Platform Preview of IE10 is already available, it most likely means that IE10 final will be released around April 2012. The mainstream support for Vista ends on the tenth of April 2012:
I guess this means IE10 will probably be released just a few days after the end of mainstream support, just narrowly in time to justifiy the shaft Vista users will get. I won’t be surprised if Microsoft artificially delays the RTM version for a few days just for this purpose. A dick move par excellence.
Yes, Vista was not exactly well received, most of it was due to massive exaggeration of issues that were mostly fixed with SP1 I might add, but this doesn’t justify this decision. Of course, Microsoft legally has all the rights to do this, but it doesn’t change the fact that this policy is boneheaded to the extreme and feels almost like an expression of contempt for the people who bought Windows Vista.
A bad move that tarnishes the Windows brand and the trust in the product for no good reason.