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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Internet Explorer marketshare

Judging by the website stats that I have to hand, more of my readers are using Internet explorer than back in January 2007, when it was a mere 2% plus change. It's about 20% of you these days, so that's about an order-of-magnitude increase. There's even some folks using MSIE v8 (err, both of you).

Seems like Microsoft's not too happy with the take-up of v8, and is going to push it through the automatic update channel. It's still completely opt-in. It'll ask you, and presumably respect your decision.

Interestingly it seems like few users who still run v6 have migrated towards v7 or v8. V8's only really taking users away from v6, and Internet Explorer seems to be losing marketshare globally, while other web-browsers surge at the moment.

v6 seems to be the standard version of IE maintained in corporate offices with few of them using v7 or v8.

Corporate IT administrators can add values to the registry to suppress installs or offers of later versions by automatic update:

reg ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\7.0" /v DoNotAllowIE70 /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f

reg ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\8.0" /v DoNotAllowIE80 /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f

MSIE users - you're still happy with your browser -- I assume so, anyway, otherwise you'd likely not be using it. I'm curious as to why you're sticking with the version you have (or why you upgraded).

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