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Windows 2000 moves into Extended Support after June 30th

Filed under: Microsoft,Security — spiderwebwoman at 11:01 am on Wednesday, June 1, 2005

What this means, posted by Christopher on the IEBlog: It should be no surprise that we do not plan on releasing IE7 for Windows 2000. One reason is where we are in the Windows 2000 lifecycle. Another is that some of the security work in IE7 relies on operating system functionality in XPSP2 that is non-trivial to port back to Windows 2000.




June 1, 2005 @ 12:15 pm   

It is all about the money. Back in browser wars 1 they made IE available for Windows 3.1 as late as 2000 just because they wanted to make sure that Win3.1 users had a version of IE that was more up to date than the version of Netscape for their platform. Windows 3.1 was released in 1992 so they got a new IE 8 years after release.

Now we have Win2k and MS wants people to move off this decent system and shell out money for XP, so they’re witholding IE7 for their platform even though porting an XP app to Win2k is a lot easier than Win9x to Win3.1 as Win3.1 is only 16 bit.

However, as MS are trying to push .NET down peoples throats they’re releasing new versions of that framework for older versions of Windows


   Kathleen Anderson

June 1, 2005 @ 12:30 pm   

Funny you should say that. I just received the June 2005 issue of Redmond, and in the RedmondReport it says: "Paying Customers Only for IE 7.0 Beta". "If you want to get a look at the new browser and its super-secret features this summer, you’ll need to be subscribed to one of Microsoft’s premium programs, like MSDN. Turns out the widely anticipated beta will be a so-called "technical beta," limited to paying testers."

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