Perhaps the wrong kinds of emotions...
Web folk of the world feel anguish in supporting out of date versions of Internet Explorer, particularly when trying to use current features. For one site with users on IE 7, they famously offered to buy people brand new computers as a more cost effective means. And even though Windows XP (and with it IE 8) will be officially unsupported by Microsoft in a few days time, there is still a campaign to get its global usage below 10%.
What do the stats say?
I looked at the recent trends and found that in the first quarter of 2014 overall IE 8 usage of our total traffic from outside the university accounted for 4.13%. I also wanted to check the conventional wisdom that it's mainly China stuck on Windows XP that push those numbers up. The numbers for visits from China on IE 8 came in at a surprisingly low 0.41%.
IE 8 is going the way of the dodo
The trend is definitely downward as for the first week of Q1 the share was 5.07% down to 4.52% by last week of Q1 whilst the previous year's Q1 share was 7.73%.
With these figures we were able to take the executive decision to demote IE 8 to "degraded support" status. OK, so it's not really the end of IE 8 for us but it should mean we spend less time doing work that doesn't have much of a benefit.
And with that discovery, there was much hollering and high-five-ing in The Digital Cave.
Here are the stats in a friendlier table:
IE 8 browser share of all external traffic to www.bath.ac.uk
|Period||% of total visits|
|From China Q1 2014||0.41%|
|1st week Q1 2014||5.07%|
|Last week Q1 2014||4.52%|