I was interested to read an article on The Next Web (TNW) which mentioned that almost 25% of the world’s web browsers are still IE8 or older!
I don't suppose that I'm a conventional PC user. I have Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera installed on both my laptop and PC (all the latest versions). If pressed, I would admit that I’m primarily a Chrome browser user. I like many of the features in Google Chrome, in particular its ability to perform searches on my laptop or PC and later lookup the results on my Android phone. Despite my use of modern browsers, I was still surprised to see just how many people used older ones.
The TNW article mentions one reason that older versions of IE “refuse to die”. Those people who are using the Windows XP operating system are unable to upgrade their browser beyond IE 8. Microsoft has a long running campaign to dissuade people from using old IE versions which are no longer patched or receive security updates. The IE6 countdown page shows those parts of the world where IE6 is still in use.