Windows business users weren’t prepared for the end of support for Internet Explorer. Microsoft retired it on June 15, 2022, but as it turns out, many companies that haven’t migrated to Windows 11 and are running Windows 10 are still using it for a variety of tasks, including regular web browsing. Approximately 47% of office PCs still depend on this outdated browser.
Internet Explorer is still in demand
Microsoft has ended support for the Internet Explorer browser, which will celebrate its 27th anniversary in August 2022. According to Neowin, this was a real surprise for tens of thousands of corporations from around the world.
According to a report from research firm Lansweeper, Microsoft’s removal of further support for Internet Explorer will affect approximately 47% of enterprise PCs running Windows 10. Moreover, the statistics take into account only those versions of this OS that are still receiving updates – many early builds of Microsoft have long ceased to support.
It follows from this that 47% cannot be considered an exact value. In fact, Internet Explorer dependent computers with Windows 10 installed can be much larger.
For 27 years, Internet Explorer has become firmly attached to millions of computers.
Lansweeper analysts prepared their report based on an audit of 9 million computers assigned to 33,000 organizations around the world. The company does not yet provide statistics on ordinary users. The analysis also excludes Windows 11, which was announced in June 2021 and released in early October 2021 and ships with a different browser by default. It is equipped with Edge, the successor to Internet Explorer, in many ways copied from Google Chrome. It is not a full-fledged replacement for Internet Explorer, at least because it is built on a completely different browser engine.
Not everything is so bad
According to Lansweeper experts, many companies that are in no hurry to switch to Windows 11 for one reason or another do not always use Internet Explorer every day as their main browser. Such a use case certainly exists, even in 2022, but the statistics include all uses of this browser, including when opening ancient websites in Internet Explorer mode via Edge.
Where is Internet Explorer used in 2022
The 47% figure mentioned in the Lansweeper report is rather arbitrary. The company calculated how many computers in organizations still depend on Internet Explorer for the three currently supported versions of Windows 10. It is calculated by adding 21.37% (version 21H2, released November 2021), 16.87% (20H2 , October 2020) and 8.06% (21H1, May 2021), which adds up to the same 47%.
Meanwhile, the infographic clearly shows that the figure of 21.37% cannot be considered a record. In this regard, Windows 10 21H2 takes second place, behind version 2004 two years ago. It was released in May 2020, and its result in the Lansweeper report is 29.67%.
The report also lists other versions of Windows 10 that still rely on Internet Explorer to varying degrees on corporate PCs. This includes versions with LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) and LTSB (Long-Term Servicing Branch) indexes – specialized OS modifications with long-term technical support.
Nobody will remember
According to statistics from the StatCounter portal, the global share of Internet Explorer, including user and office computers, is extremely small. In May 2022, it did not exceed 1.65%, while Edge had 10.12%, Firefox had 7.66%, and Google Chrome had 66.16%.
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The debut of Internet Explorer took place in August 1995. He immediately acquired the fame of a very slow browser, moreover, both in terms of loading web pages and in terms of its development. However, this did not prevent him from being the most popular columnist for some time.
The widespread popularity of Internet Explorer is a thing of the past.
This was facilitated by the fact that Internet Explorer has been bundled with Windows, the most popular series of operating systems, for decades. Many users worked in it, not wanting or not being able to install other browsers and in no hurry to learn any new program.
Microsoft hasn’t updated Internet Explorer since 2013, when its version with index 11 was released. Only occasionally the browser received critical security patches. Since July 2015, when Windows 10 was released, Microsoft has been pushing Edge.
In the last years of its existence, Internet Explorer has become famous not only for slowness, but also for insecurity. In February 2019, Microsoft openly called its once iconic product “leaky” and urged users to quickly abandon it.
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Many modern sites, including state Russian web resources, have ceased to support Internet Explorer and open correctly in it. Thus, this browser was left on the sidelines, and at the present time it is most often used to work with outdated websites that have not been updated for a long time.