LiveSino.net is at it again, this time capturing an info panel purportedly from the Windows Live Wave 4 Essentials Beta download page, revealing that the latest version of Windows Live Essentials will indeed require at least Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 (read: it won’t work on XP):
LiveSino.net further reports on the full OS requirements for Wave 4 Essentials (translated from the Chinese LiveSino.net post):
Operating systems: Windows Vista SP2 (with Platform Update for Windows Vista), Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 SP2 (with Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and includes all of the 32-bit and 64-bit operating system.
We’ve seen tweets indicating that the leaked Wave 4 M2 build will not install on XP, and this is further indication that if you plan on using Wave 4, you’ll need to upgrade if you’re still using the (nearly 10 year old) XP operating system.
A quick check of our own stats shows that about 25% of the visits to LiveSide in the last 30 days were from XP machines:
(LiveSide.net Windows visits, last 30 days source: Google Analytics)
The good news is that with Wave 4 still nowhere (legitimately) to be found, you still have some time to upgrade, or use Wave 4 versions of the online tools such as Hotmail and Calendar, and Web Messenger (or Header Messenger or whatever it will be called), or continue to use Wave 3, of course.
Will the promise of Wave 4 Essentials (or IE9, which is also not expected to work in XP) be enough to get you to upgrade?