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Microsoft browser users kick older IE editions to the curb

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 3, 2015
With upgrade-or-else deadline just 20 weeks away, IE users finally get in gear.

IE8 is unlikely to drop beneath the share of XP among all versions of Windows -- which was 13.4% last month -- because it's the latest edition able to run on the now-unsupported operating system. But then, XP users haven't received security updates for IE8 since April 2014 anyway, so the January 2016 cut-off will be meaningless to them.

Computerworld continues to predict that, based on the rate of decline in the up-for-retirement IE editions, more than 30% of those running a Microsoft browser in January will be severed from security updates.

Microsoft browser distribution, August 2015
The two safe harbors come January 2016, IE11 and Edge, accounted for 53.4% of all Microsoft browsers used in August. Click on image to enlarge. Data: Net Applications

 

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