Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

IE8 vs. IE6: Rise of the new machine

Category: Browsers

Asa has an updated look at the current browser stats and trends and what is probably most interesting is the image above showing the rise of IE 8. This is something to dance about, as we see the decline in IE 6.

Notice how IE 7, the browser with the most share in these stats is in the 30’s. Firefox in the 20’s. WebKit browsers in the 10’s. We are at an interesting point where everyone matters and no one rules the roost. Here’s to browser innovation in the near future, and to developers creating fantastic Web applications.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:47 am

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Please never show graphs without proper legends. Resize or redraw it. I can’t even find this chart on the linked website.

Comment by Aimos — June 2, 2009

True, the image is clipped on a column that has overflow: hidden. Right-click on the image and select “View Image”.
Anyway, the important (and depressing) thing is that IE6 percentage seems quite unaffected by IE8 upgrades: people upgrade from IE7 to IE8. Those who have been stuck with IE6 are still stuck with IE6.
This was expected, of course.

Comment by nbr — June 2, 2009

I second Aimos’s comment. Please resize your graphs, screenshots, or code fragments when using overflow:hidden. It’s a waste of my time for me to try and figure how to display the image properly. (How am I to know the legend is on the right, and not simply cropped off the bottom?)

This is shoddy, sub-amateur reporting. If you can’t hire an intern to resize your images, just link to them and don’t copy them.

Comment by kswartz — June 2, 2009

Looked fine to me. Of course I was viewing in my RSS reader. :)

Comment by eric2 — June 2, 2009

I’m not sure it is fair to say that nobody rules the roost. IE still has around 70% of the total market share between 6, 7 and 8. So I think it is still safe to say they rule the roost even if their percentage is decreasing. Also the article you linked to shows that IE’s userbase is still growing. Just not as fast as everybody else’s.

Comment by eric2 — June 2, 2009

Yes RSS reader looks good… However to comment on the actual article. What’s truly sad on this graph is that IE6 share has stayed relatively steady since the release of IE8 where IE7 has declined. So basically the tech savvy are upgrading to IE8 but the stalwarts are once again stalling their upgrades.

I hear on a daily basis from our customers that they were told they can’t upgrade from IE6 that all their internal sites wont work. (Which is not true anymore) Sadly for us the IE6 rate for our sites is still 50% of the traffic.

Comment by dgavey — June 2, 2009

If I have an HTML Application on my intranet and it uses VML and/or Direct Animation + Scriptlets, it WILL break. You can’t claim its an easy migration. No System Administrator wants to take the chance on their watch breaking something due to an upgrade. Plus, lets not forget, a significant number of corporate networks still run on Windows 2000, so the migration tax is not small.

Comment by TNO — June 2, 2009

@TNO true enough there is some reasons where this is the case. I know in ours it’s not because half of our clients have upgraded to IE7 and they can still use the internal sites. But I agree, it’s not always easy as it seems to upgrade in the “corporate” world.

Comment by dgavey — June 2, 2009

Daily Usage Share for IE8 – http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?sample=34&qprid=34&qpcustom=Microsoft+Internet+Explorer+8.0

Comment by WillPeavy — June 2, 2009

Not much to dance about if IE8 is only taking share from IE7, not IE6.

Comment by Nosredna — June 2, 2009

Has the IE8 Automatic Update been rolled out everywhere yet? That should surely help IE6 get laid to rest.

Comment by bogphanny — June 2, 2009

Who cares about company intranets using IE6?

It would take them about 5 minutes to offer an alternative browser for general internet usage, which is all WE care about.

Comment by Darkimmortal — June 2, 2009


“This is shoddy, sub-amateur reporting. If you can’t hire an intern to resize your images, just link to them and don’t copy them.”

You should get your subscription payment back!

Comment by tmallen — June 2, 2009

@tmallen – providing a free service doesn’t excuse bad reporting, or poor quality work. It just absolves the reporter of the responsibility of doing good work.

Comment by sixtyseconds — June 3, 2009

On my company’s site I’ve seen encouraging trends. The percentage of IE8 visitors is increasing nicely while IE7 and IE6 are going down. In fact, IE6 is now below 15% of our traffic. Overall IE percentage is going down while for Firefox and Chrome it is going up.

Even more encouraging, our market is the older crowd who seem the most resistant to change on their computers, in my experience. Not counting the corporate environment of course.

Comment by travisalmand — June 3, 2009

Regarding image size, column size, overflow: hidden, etc… This is a long-standing problem, that the site authors have consistently ignored. It makes no sense to me why a site targeting web developers has content restrained to 470px, with content overflowing it and no means to view much of that comment (wider videos, script blocks (!) in blockquotes). But while I’ve seen the site authors respond to many comments on many subjects, they *always* ignore requests to improve visibility of content on the site. My suggestion is to use a user CSS adjustment in your browser, and move on.

I just whipped this up:

#sidebar {
display: none;

#maincontent {
width: 700px;
padding-left: 27px;
padding-right: 20px;

.igBar {
width: 644px;
.syntax_hilite {
width: 633px;

Note that it hides the right sidebar (which I never even look at it anyway), but it provides enough space for the image in question, and much more space for code blocks and videos as well.

Comment by eyelidlessness — June 3, 2009

Oh for f_ck sake people use your imagination and stop being winy little coders. You sound like Eric Cartman complaining to his mom.

Comment by csuwldcat — June 3, 2009

Charts and imagination….priceless!

Comment by sixtyseconds — June 4, 2009

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