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IE6 / IE7 market share trends

Does anyone have them?

     
2:41 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm trying to figure out the uptake of IE7 to get some idea of how long we're going to have to view IE6 as a major-league browser.

I know there will probably still be some IE6 users for decades; but... once the number is under 10% then I'll not be worrying any more if the CSS is a bit misaligned.

So - does anyone have, or is anyone able to point me to, some figures on this issue?

3:19 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think the 2 most popular ones are;
- [w3schools.com...]
- [thecounter.com...]
3:50 pm on Oct 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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how long we're going to have to view IE6 as a major-league browser.

...hhhhmmm a while yet I bet. The 2 stats pages above give very different figures, so it's really going to be down to the specific user base of your website.

We're still predominantly developing for IE6 because all our (big) clients are still using IE6.

However, I noticed recently that IE7 appeared again on Windows Update.

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Thanks, it's very slow growth for IE7. I didn't realise they'd taken it out of Windows Update. Good news that it's back again. Faster we can forget about IE6 the better in my opinion.

Once it's been in Windows Update for a fair while we can reasonably say that if someone has IE6 they are either running illegal software (in which case they are in no position to complain) or their windows is so bug-ridden I'm not sure I'd trust them on my site!

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I didn't realise they'd taken it out of Windows Update.

Well, what I mean is... Ages ago when IE7 first appeared on Windows Update I declined it and ticked the box to not alert me again. Months pass... and then a couple of weeks back it pops up again, prompting to install. Is that usual 'Windows Update' behaviour or IE7 specific?

Once it's been in Windows Update for a fair while we can reasonably say that if someone has IE6 they are either running illegal software (in which case they are in no position to complain) or their windows is so bug-ridden I'm not sure I'd trust them on my site!

...or a developer.

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My site stats for the last week show
IE7 - 38%
IE6 - 30%
FF2 - 25%
The rest is either Safari or older version of FF.
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I'm seeing close to a 50/50 split on some large-ish B2C sites, with IE7 showing pretty consistent growth month on month.
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Am wondering if it is locality specific?

e.g. Noticed Canadians tend to be hitting the site with IE6, China/Taiwanese with IE7

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Is that usual 'Windows Update' behaviour or IE7 specific?

I believe that Microsoft removed the Genuine Advantage check from the IE download a couple of weeks ago, so I imagine it'll be flagged as a different download.

Blocking unlicensed Windows users from upgrading has no doubt hampered the uptake of IE7. Whether changing the rules now will make much difference is debatable.

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I believe that Microsoft removed the Genuine Advantage check from the IE download a couple of weeks ago, so I imagine it'll be flagged as a different download.

Ah yes, I recall encyclo's post [webmasterworld.com] from the other week now, thanks!