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It's because this means all the PC users who stay on Windows XP will be perpetually using IE6/7/8. IE9 usage will only grow as adoption of Vista/7 picks up. In essence, IE9 will have slower marketshare growth and web developers will be forced to cater towards the XP-using masses for another 5 years or more.



I'd guess there are 3 types of people:

1) Those who just use computers as they come out of box. These users will have Windows 7/Windows Vista and therefore are capable of running IE9

2) Those tech savvy people who insist on installing XP. They are smart enough to install and use some alternative browser (fx/chrome)

3) Those who are using that 10 year old computer and are using it as it came from the box. These people are the problem (in addition to corporate droids)


Those who just use computers as they come out of box. These users will have Windows 7/Windows Vista

Most netbooks sold in the last few years have run Windows XP Home, and some continue to ship with it. Granted, many of the buyers probably fall under your type 2, but not all of them.




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