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Oct 16, 2003, 12:54 #1
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Why Microsoft won't update IE
Microsoft has said that they won't release a new version of IE until the next version of windows (it's unclear whether that is the next XP service pack or Longhorn which according to the latest intel, may not be released until 2006). At first, this seems like total insanity. I mean, this would mean that they will get totally crushed by Firebird, Opera and the rest of the gang. When the new IE beast makes it out of redmond, Firebird will already be on everyones desktop! Or... ?
Then it struck me, when I remembered visiting a friend whose computer was running Windows 95 OSR2, and she was using the preinstalled version of IE3. I think this was in 1999, around the time when Windows98SE was released. She simply had not bothered to upgrade her browser, even though IE had made huge leaps since she got her computer. I think this behaviour is very common.
Her actions (or lack of) makes sense, though - browsers are not really marketed, not by Microsoft and not by the Mozilla foundation. They are just a thing that comes with the OS, nowadays. Apples Safari - that one is being marketed, since Apple knows that will no longer be a viable browser for Mac.) Lack of marketing, coupled with the fact that larger sites are very good at backwards compatibility, doesn't exactly make users eager to upgrade.
So, back to the original question - why wont Microsoft release any upgrades to IE until longhorn? Could it be that the large majority of people simply don't upgrade their browsers between operating systems anyway?Mattias Johansson
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Oct 16, 2003, 12:57 #2Originally Posted by M. Johansson
Oct 16, 2003, 12:59 #3
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One could take a timeline of IE releases and look at some traffic stats to compare what % of people are running the version of IE that came with their OS and prove or disprove that hypothesis. Sounds tedious though - I'm not volunteering,
Oct 16, 2003, 13:06 #4Originally Posted by anode
Oct 16, 2003, 14:34 #5
Users on dial-up accounts are probably even less likely to upgrade their browsers than users who have high-speed Internet connections.
I absolutely loathe having to spend hours and hours downloading a bloated MS upgrade or patch, using my dial-up account.