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Thoughts on IE browser upgrades

In big corporates the latest software is rarely used. There will be a desktop support team who have to integrate each update into a standard machine set up. I was in a position today where we were discussing how many staff might still be on IE7 and how that might affect the project we are doing.

At a time when IE11 was released two weeks ago and Google announced they are dropping support for IE9 for their apps today I was wondering why we are so far behind. I do have Chrome and Firefox but have to have dispensation for it. But the vast majority of my colleagues just don’t need anything better for their roles IE8 is perfectly good enough and more importantly it’s not thought to be vulnerable. But also there are many back office systems with web interfaces built to IE versions instead of web standards so upgrading is hampered.

Meanwhile IE6 has still got 20% penetration in China. So building sites to web standards is still critically important and checking it on older browsers to ensure they have a good enough experience is still critical.

by | 11 Nov 2013 |

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