Microsoft seems to be fed up with the rate that their users are moving over to their new browser, and will be implementing silent updates on IE similar to that of Chrome’s.  I cant say I blame them though.  If you have a look at these stats from W3Schools.com you can see that there are actually a whole lot of people still using IE6, which is notorious for it’s styling shortcomings and Javascript issues. 1.2% might not seem a lot but if you take into account how many internet users there are globally (guestimates are at around 2 billion) then that 1.2 percent isn’t so small.

2011 Total IE 9 IE 8 IE 7 IE 6
November 21.2 % 5.1 % 11.5 % 3.4 % 1.2 %
October 21.7 % 5.1 % 11.8 % 3.5 % 1.3 %
September 22.9 % 4.8 % 12.4 % 3.9 % 1.8 %
August 22.5 % 4.2 % 11.9 % 4.2 % 2.0 %
July 22.0 % 3.9 % 11.7 % 4.1 % 2.3 %
June 23.2 % 3.6 % 12.9 % 4.4 % 2.3 %
May 24.9 % 3.1 % 14.1 % 5.3 % 2.4 %
April 24.3 % 2.1 % 14.8 % 4.9 % 2.5 %
March 25.8 % 1.1 % 16.3 % 5.4 % 3.0 %
February 26.5 % 0.6 % 16.7 % 5.7 % 3.5 %
January 26.6 % 0.5 % 16.6 % 5.7 % 3.8 %

But perhaps Microsoft should be more concerned with their total market share than who is on their latest version.  Note a 5.4% decline in just one year!

2011 Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
November 21.2 % 38.1 % 33.4 % 4.2 % 2.4 %
October 21.7 % 38.7 % 32.3 % 4.2 % 2.4 %
September 22.9 % 39.7 % 30.5 % 4.0 % 2.2 %
August 22.4 % 40.6 % 30.3 % 3.8 % 2.3 %
July 22.0 % 42.0 % 29.4 % 3.6 % 2.4 %
June 23.2 % 42.2 % 27.9 % 3.7 % 2.4 %
May 24.9 % 42.4 % 25.9 % 4.0 % 2.4 %
April 24.3 % 42.9 % 25.6 % 4.1 % 2.6 %
March 25.8 % 42.2 % 25.0 % 4.0 % 2.5 %
February 26.5 % 42.4 % 24.1 % 4.1 % 2.5 %
January 26.6 % 42.8 % 23.8 % 4.0 % 2.5 %

In Fact even Firefox seems to be losing ground, while Chrome is the only browser that is still showing significant growth. Proving once again that Google rules the Internet.

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