Microsoft abandons Windows 2000 customers

Slashdot posts No IE7 For 2k, Now In Extended Service. Yankovic writes “Looks like MS will not support IE7 on Windows 2000. ‘It should be no surprise that we do not plan on releasing IE7 for Windows 2000… [S]ome of the security work in IE7 relies on operating system functionality in XPSP2 that is non-trivial to port back to Windows 2000.’ While security fixes will still be available until 2010, I guess that means the only browsers with tabs for W2k will be Opera and Firefox.” All the details about an MS product’s fall into senility available at the lifecycle page.

I think this is great news! Perhaps the IE7 security flaws won’t affect the many users of non-WinXP platforms, estimated to be around 200 million PC users. Microsoft’s continual shedding of responsibility for the software it has put out there has to come to an end.

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