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Patch halt looms for half of all IE users

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 4, 2015
With just over four months left before Microsoft stops serving security updates to most versions of Internet Explorer (IE) other than IE11, nearly half of all IE users are still running a soon-to-be-retired edition, new data released Saturday showed.

IE now stands at about the same user share level as in March 2012, just months after it hit bottom and began climbing out of that hole thanks to changing how IE reached customers: In early 2012, Microsoft began silently upgrading IE without asking for users' permission, which it had done previously.

Microsoft's new Edge browser, available only for Windows 10, finally registered on Net Applications' tracking stats for July. Edge accounted for 0.26 percent of all Microsoft browsers.

Net Applications' user share for Windows 10 for July was 0.43 percent of all Windows-powered systems. The disparity between the Edge and Windows 10 numbers -- 0.26 percent for the former, 0.43 percent for the latter -- signals that about 4 out of every 10 Windows 10 users relied on a browser other than Edge.

That non-Edge number may drop as more mainstream Windows PC owners upgrade to Windows 10 -- the out-the-gate adoption was primarily by beta testers and those eager to be on the cutting edge -- because Microsoft has dictated that Edge becomes the Windows 10 default browser if the user accepts the "Express Settings" during the upgrade process.

Mozilla, maker of Firefox, has criticized Microsoft for that practice. Last week, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard demanded that his rival chief executive, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, step in to eliminate Windows 10's browser switcheroo.


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