How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

Summary: Microsoft is to kick off the process of automatically upgrading Windows users who are using old versions of the Internet Explorer to the latest and greatest version, IE9.

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In the new year Microsoft is to begin the process of automatically upgrading Windows users who are using old versions of the Internet Explorer to the latest and greatest version, IE9. But how will users who have resisted the upgrade so far react to being given a shove?

Note: Microsoft will start the upgrade process in January with customers in Australia and Brazil who have switched on automatic updating via Windows Update.

In my experience there are three categories of user who haven't already updated to IE9:

  1. Users who are stuck on an old version because upgrading will break something critical. These users are likely to have already blocked or refused an upgrade and won't get pushed the new version.
  2. Users who don't know that there is a new version. Not everyone is a tech-head, which is why browsers such as Chrome and Firefox already have an automatic update mechanism built into the browser. Most users here will take their medicine and upgrade, but there will undoubtedly be some users who, when faced with the new browser, might start looking elsewhere. A new update might cause some users who have been thinking of switching to give Firefox or Chrome a try, while others might hold off to see what the new browser has to offer.
  3. People who have IE installed (most Windows users) but who are using another browser and don't care about IE. These folks have already switched, so don't care. But from a security standpoint it might be a good idea for these folks to upgrade their legacy browser even if it's not in use. It's possible that a small number of these users might give IE a second chance, but I wouldn't expect that to be significant.

It'll be interesting to see what being offered IE9 will have on users. According to both StatCounter and NetMarketShare the decline that in usage share that IE was suffering seems to have come to a halt (most of the usage share changes are now down to Chrome grabbing users from Firefox).

My feeling is that IE9 might (temporarily at any rate) bump IE's usage share as take the new browser for a spins. What happens after the honeymoon period is over is anyone's guess.

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  • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

    Well, since Vista ships with IE7, and Windows 7 has IE8, being pushed to IE9 won't matter much. Those who don't know much will benefit, while those that do, will have the option to disable and revert back. But honestly, I think what Microsoft is suggesting here is UPGRADE. There is no benefit anymore remaining two or three revisions behind.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

      @Cylon Centurion It's about time... It's absolutely ridiculous that so many users are still on IE6. But it's not the users fault, most of these users are corporate users. The blame goes to a lazy IT department that just doesn't want to deal with upgrading IE.
      Masari.Jones
      • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

        @Masari.Jones : I could guess that 50% or so are at IE6 because of piracy issues. Maybe 15% are because they don't know IE7 or IE8 is available and the remainder because they use something else.
        Gisabun
      • RE: a lazy IT department

        @Masari.Jones

        Is [b]not[/b] always the reason. I know someone who [b]wants[/b] to get off IE6, but can not because executive management is more concerned with [i]increasing shareholder value[/i], and unwilling to spend what is necessary to re-write custom code.
        fatman65536
  • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

    Both Chrome and Firefox automatically upgrade to the latest build, why should MS and IE be judged any differently?

    Though by doing this, many businesses and corporations may get hosed with application incompatibilities... Hopefully their IT folks have applied the necessary GP's in place to prevent this.
    unredeemed
    • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

      @unredeemed : According to what I read, companies who can't update can still block the updating via GP.
      Gisabun
  • It's About Time!

    Auto-updating of the browser is a good thing and should be embraced.
    jatbains
    • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

      @jatbains
      Auto-updating is a good thing and should be embraced.
      but IE is a disaster and should be replaced.
      Socratesfoot
      • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

        @Socratesfoot - really? Why? In FACT, IE9 is pretty damn good and IE10 is shaping up to be REALLY good.
        bitcrazed
      • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

        @Socratesfoot : Let me guess. Buggy Firefox or multiple vulnerabilities in Chrome [the latter had 15 vulnerabilities corrected when you go from v15 to v16 - in comparison last IE update had just 3].
        Gisabun
      • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

        @bitcrazed
        Not without being able to block ads it's not.
        ScorpioBlue
  • Thinking ahead to Windows 8 ...

    ... I for one will be keeping IE9 (somewhere on the desktop, somehow) so that I can still access flash sites.

    M$ need to be careful with all this pushing: I wonder why there hasn't been any discussion yet (on ZDNET) about IE and AV on W8 in Europe. Have M$ thought this through?
    We'll see with the beta.
    jacksonjohn
    • WTF are you talking about?

      @johnfenjackson@...

      IE10 supports Flash just fine. The Metro version doesn't but the normal one available under the desktop does.
      LiquidLearner
    • Yes, they have.

      @johnfenjackson@...

      The normal, desktop version of IE 10 will still support Flash.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

    IE9 doesn't work with some web based management utilities I use.

    So obviously I won't be using it.

    What's funny about that is Chrome doesn't really work either. And usually Firefox just almost works. IE 6/7 are the only browsers fully supported by alot of (not even old) management utilities.
    wendellgee2
    • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

      @wendellgee@... Chances are that the websites you're using were built a long time ago and haven't been updated to support more modern, standards compliant HTML & browsers (hence why it doesn't work on Chrome either).

      Try hitting the "broken page" icon to the right of the address bar in IE9 - this turns-on 'compatability mode' that may well enable IE9 to support such older sites.
      bitcrazed
  • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

    Hell. We need to maintain older versions for testing. Will MS upgrade browsers even if I dont want to? Geez, why do they always make it difficult?
    joespr@...
    • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

      @joespr@...

      I love this. Microsoft gets slammed for not updating, and when they finally do, get slammed again for "forcing" people.

      Seriously folks, if you're still running IE6 only bull-crap, then you should be ashamed. Either it's time to update that junk or find a new vendor who will. It's not 2001 anymore, and you're putting your company at risk of being exploited for running hopelessly outdated software. God knows the Java alone is a huge hole, you don't need IE6 adding to that.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

        @Cylon Centurion : Still on IE6? Let's see. Intel & CN [two lasrge companies] are still using IE6 because of compatibility issues [but I think CN has finally corrected that. Didn't Google get caught with some IE6 issue?
        Gisabun
  • RE: How will Internet Explorer users react to being pushed to IE9?

    Those users who didn't bother upgrading to newer version won't also care about being automatically upgraded either. Event though I think this kind of users are really just the minority of people still surfing with IE6. Most of them just simply can't or don't want to risk upgrading, because they're running pirated versions, that break when updated or can't even access Windows Update in the first place.
    ff2