My wager is that they may change that stance upon feedback.
Did you call and make your view known?
I don't run any DOS based Windows since they are too unstable for work use. I have a few Windows 2000 and Linux boxes, but don't use IE a lot so it's a non-issue.
"Microsoft is eyeing the nearly half of the world's 390 million Windows users who have opted to stick with operating systems older than XP, including Windows versions 2000, ME, 98 and 95."
"Of Microsoft's approximately 390 million operating system installations around the world, Windows XP Pro constitutes 26.1 percent, Windows XP Home 24.7 percent, IDC said.
The remaining 49.2 percent is composed of Windows 2000 Professional (17.5 percent), Windows 98 (14.9 percent), Windows ME (6.5 percent), Windows 95 (5.4 percent), and Windows NT Workstation (4.9 percent)."
"That 49.2 percent of Windows users are left out in the cold when it comes to significant updates to IE and other software."