Venerable browser Internet Explorer continues to have millions of users around the world, despite Microsoft actively trying to wean customers off the software, new data has been discovered.
The latest figures from NetMarketShare revealed that 5.57% of all users still use the company’s venerable Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft has worked hard to push Windows 10 users to switch from Internet Explorer to Edge as it seeks to provide customers with faster and more efficient service.
Internet Explorer vs. Edge
The company has even gone so far as to automatically divert users from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge in recent weeks. When an Internet Explorer user visits an incompatible site – of which there are currently over 1000 – the page will automatically launch in Microsoft Edge, along with a message that says, “This website does not work in Internet Explorer.”
Microsoft has confirmed it will kill both Internet Explorer and Edge Legacy earlier this summer as plans for a phased termination come to an end.
As of November 13, users will no longer be able to sign in to their Microsoft accounts through Internet Explorer, Microsoft Teams will drop support at the end of the same month, and by August 17, 2021, no Microsoft 365 apps will be compatible with the browser. .
After these times have passed, users of the unsupported web browser will experience a âdegraded experienceâ; new Microsoft 365 features will not be available to latecomers, and existing web apps will be disabled.
However, there is still room for improvement for Microsoft, as elsewhere, Windows 10’s continued push to get users to switch to Microsoft Edge instead of Google Chrome may finally pay off.
NetMarketShare found that Microsoft Edge’s market share reached over 10% for the first time as the browser hijacks users from longtime leader Google Chrome.
This marked a big leap for Microsoft Edge, which scored just 8.84% of all users in September 2020.
The company’s figures for October 2020 revealed that Microsoft Edge now has 10.22% of the total market share, reinforcing its push for second place behind Google Chrome, which still leads the way with 69.25%.
Figures from NetMarketShare also showed that Microsoft Edge is extending its push ahead of other competitors, with Firefox now at 7.22% and Safari at 3.40%.