Google and Microsoft have a history of not exactly being on the most amicable of terms. Like any good technology company, they've reluctantly worked and existed within the same sphere together, but that's about the gist of it. There's no love lost between them. That's why when Google began redirecting Windows Phone users to the homepage rather than Google Maps, folks were quick to cry foul. Google never supported Internet Explorer on Windows Phone, but that doesn't mean their redirect isn't silly.
Internet Explorer 10
When Internet Explorer 10 is released, Vista and XP users will be completely left out as Microsoft's new web browser will only work on Windows 7. The exclusion was noticed when the IE10 preview was released. Attempting to install on a computer running anything but Microsoft's latest operating system brings up a glib error message and quits the installer. Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that this was no accident. In quoting from an email, a spokeswoman from Microsoft told ComputerWorld:
"Windows Vista customers have a great browsing experience with IE9, but in building IE10 we are focused on continuing to drive the kind of innovation that only happens when you take advantage of the ongoing improvements in modern operating systems and modern hardware."Microsoft made a similar argument earlier with their release of IE9, which excluded users of Windows XP. In that case, it was because the more modern IE9 took advantage of Direct2D and DirectWrite for graphics support, which were baked into Windows 7 and back-converted to Windows Vista. Without these key supports, the IE9 browser simply would not work on XP machines. In comparing Vista to Windows 7, however, Ars Technica claims that there was no major difference that would prevent IE 10 from working on Vista.