According to Computerworld, Microsoft has decided to develop IE10 for only Windows 7, leaving the users of Vista, XP and (if there are any) anything older out of luck.
Its a strange move for Microsoft. A few weeks ago, we learned that Firefox4 had beaten IE9 in their first month of existence. I wondered then if part of Microsoft’s problem was that IE9 did not work with Windows XP (54% of their users) and if they may see this as a problem and update IE9 to work with XP.
After the IE10 announcement, it is pretty clear that Microsoft doesn’t see the limited market as a problem.
What do you think? Is it a smart move to whittle your base down to a minority of users? Does this unnecessarily open the door for XP and Vista users to try out a competitive browser? or does it encourage PC owners to run out and upgrade to Windows 7 so that they can experience IE10?