I've played with all of the developer previews, the betas, and now the release candidate. There are two things I have to say about it. One, it's pretty nice. Two, why doesn't Microsoft
give a shit care about half of the people on the Web who use Windows XP?
Requiring a $200 OS upgrade to get a decent browser is either evil or terribly irresponsible. There's just no excuse for a software company with the resources that Microsoft has to abandon hundreds of millions of users like that.
Now, Microsoft says that it's not possible to deliver the hardware acceleration and other features it's built into IE 9 but we know that's
bullshit not true because Firefox 4 uses Microsoft's very own DirectX APIs to hardware accelerate Web content for Windows 7 and Windows XP users.
I really wanted to like IE 9 and for the 20-30% of the Web that have Microsoft's most modern OS versions, it's a solid offering. But for most people on the Web today, it's
one giant middle finger a slap in the face.