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Just tried to download IE9 beta. And all what I got is:

Since you're running Windows XP, you won't be able to install Internet Explorer 9 unless you upgrade to a more recent version of Windows.

Is it only for beta? All my hopes were ruined...

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@closers How can it be unrelated to web2.0 programming? –  Sergey Mirvoda Sep 15 '10 at 19:24

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It's true - at least according to several tech buzz articles linked to in the Wikipedia article.

The system requirements for IE9 are Windows 7 or Windows Vista SP2 (with Platform Update and IE8); Windows XP is not supported.

That's quite rough, seeing as XP is still supported until 2014, but what are we going to do... If it's any consolation, Windows 7 is really great.

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thanks. It is not official though... MS what are the thinking about? We are fighting with all crappy IE versions all the way. It was last hope)) –  Sergey Mirvoda Sep 15 '10 at 19:22
@Sergey true, it's not official. I'll add that info, you never know what might still change before the official release –  Pekka 웃 Sep 15 '10 at 19:23
@Pekka seems like jumplist integration and other cool Win7 features killed XP. –  Sergey Mirvoda Sep 15 '10 at 19:27
I heard the reason for Microsoft removing XP support is because the hardware acceleration uses DirectX APIs that aren't available for XP. Firefox got around this issue in the latest beta by using Direct2D in Vista and 7, but using Direct3D in XP. –  TuxRug Sep 15 '10 at 20:47
@TuxRug IE9 is not a browser like FF or Opera or Chrome it is Win7 ADDON. –  Sergey Mirvoda Sep 16 '10 at 5:46

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