Microsoft announced it is going to automatically upgrade IE starting in January. In order to track their progress (or lack of it) we have to establish a baseline.
So here are the market shares of the various IE versions according to StatCounter in nine countries, as well as the global score. These numbers are from November, so well before the automatic upgrade.
Brazil and Australia are the first countries where the updates will be automated, so their stats should show the changes first. I also wanted to track my own Netherlands as well as China, where 36% of the market is on IE6(!). The other five countries were chosen more-or-less randomly.
Note the huge differences between the countries. In China 83% of desktop surfers is on IE, in Russia only 19%.
Still, in all markets except for China and South Korea, IE6 is firmly at 1%. IE7 is somewhat larger, but not much. More hits come from mobile phones than from IE6 and 7 combined.
Chances are IE6 and IE7 will be dead and gone next summer. Good riddance. But part of the deal is that we web developers stop caring about them. Do you?
Are you still testing your sites in IE6 and IE7? I’d say you shouldn’t, but I don’t know your cirucmstances. Do you charge your clients more if they want IE6/7 compatibility? You definitely should, whatever the circumstances.
I wonder if I’ll just delete the IE6 column from my tables after receiving confirmation that IE6 is dropping into oblivion.
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