Linked by vodoomoth on Mon 27th Sep 2010 13:10 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft has "set up and removed" having Windows 7 Service Pack 1 as a prerequisite to running (or, more correctly, "installing") IE9, in the space of just 2 days.
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RE[2]: himanshu
by lemur2 on Mon 27th Sep 2010 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE: himanshu"
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"There are still a lot of winxp users. Atleast ms should have released ie 9 without acceleration for win xp users.
And encourage XP holdouts? No way. "

XP "holdouts" might well be very encouraged that Firefox 4 and probably Google Chrome will work with GPU acceleration on XP. Both will have an extensions framework plus better standards compliance than IE9, and probably both will have faster javascript as well.

A lot of software development is held back because of XP users and their dated .net packs. Software companies are hesitant to target newer .net frameworks because so many XP users are still on version 2. In the gaming world the situation is even worse because of DX9.

A lot of software developers might come to realise that if they target Qt for the GUI and system interfaces, and write their applications in C++, D, Python or even Java or Google Go, then they can target not only Win 7 and Vista users, but also XP users, Mac OSX users and Linux users.

In the gaming world one can write cross-platform games using OpenGl and an engine such as Unigine.

Alternatively, one might soon be able to write cross-platform DX10/DX11 games due to a state tracker for DX10/DX11 becoming available for use with Gallium3D drivers on linux.

If one simply avoids .NET, and instead uses cross-platform frameworks, these days one can write great cross-platform applications and hence be in a position to sell one's software to a much wider market than just Win 7 and Vista.

Edited 2010-09-27 23:01 UTC

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