W3C) very well, all these web apps designed myopically for IE 6 just don’t play well with newer versions of the browser as mandated by new operating systems.But let’s go back to that 80% mark in July last year; compare that to the first graph in this post and it suggests that the ratio of big business on XP to the global average means that you’re two and a half times more likely to be running XP in a large organisation than you are in the general population.
Keeping in mind that Browsium has a business model that leverages the fact that organisations in particular get stuck on old browsers (they make a plugin that allows new browsers to emulate old ones for compatibility sake), what they say makes sense and reconciles with what many others are saying both anecdotally and via hard statistics.
Those legacy web apps in particular are a killer; because IE is “the standard” and let’s face it, it didn’t do standards (i.e.
The theory is that when you’ve got thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of employees using PCs, it makes sense to build one image (or a small handful of images) and align the organisation around these.
There are many good reasons for doing this: Another thing that tends to get standardised is the browser and for those organisations that have invested so heavily around Microsoft’s products, IE is obviously the natural choice.
Whilst “we” have been able to get away with holding onto the past until now, all that’s about to change, and Internet Explorer 8 is a key catalyst.
Let’s start with the facts; despite what many people may think, Windows XP is still popular. 1 in 4 PCs are still running it: This is worldwide usage by operating system and clearly XP still has a very strong foothold.
Do you remember what you were doing in October, 2001?
You weren’t watching videos on You Tube, updating your Facebook status or even using the term “social media”.
This was a cutting edge device: Websites were “Best viewed in Internet Explorer 5” and looked like this: That 800x600 image was the typical resolution too, it was the most your common 15” CRT screen (in 4:3 aspect, of course) could display.
Advanced users might see 1024x768 on a 17” screen, but it wasn’t mainstream.
Well naturally all the apps that get built are designed to meet the standard – they work just perfectly on IE.