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Microsoft continues to take a dump on backwards-compatibility

I was reading the Seattle Times and they reported about a conference Microsoft was holding, touting how great IE9 is. Here's a gem from the article that I didn't know about:

Unlike Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4 works with Windows XP. Microsoft's new browser runs only on the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. "Building a new version for the 10-year-old OS that came with IE6 didn't make sense,"

So let's get this straight -- we web developers have to continue to develop and test for IE6 (though somewhat half-assedly) but Microsoft themselves don't allow backwards-compatibility on a newly developed version of their browser on an older OS. Does any one else see the irony in this? I don't know whether to laugh or trash some Microsoft products. Granted there may not be a large population of people attempting to use IE9 on WinXP, but it's the principle of the matter. Microsoft continues to alienate their customer-base and diminish their reputation. No wonder Internet Explorer's popularity continues to decline. Any one care to share their thoughts? Comment below and let me know what browser you use predominantly -- I'd be interested to know.

Cheers!

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