Enterprises standardize on four-year-old IE8, says dev

No interest in Microsoft's IE9 or looming IE10 because they're running both Windows 7 and XP, claims Browsium

Even as the release of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) looms for Windows 7, enterprises are standardizing on the four-year-old IE8 instead, a developer of browser management software said today.

"Customers aren't going beyond IE8, and they say they'll stay with it for the next five years," said Gary Schare, president and chief operating officer of Browsium, a Washington state-based company that recently released Catalyst, a tool that lets IT staffs manage multiple browsers. "We do not have a single customer using Windows 7 and IE9."

Schare's claim matches new statistics from Net Applications, one of the Web's leading scorekeepers on browser usage. Last month IE8 gained share, ending January with 24% of all browsers, the most for any single browser version. That represented 43% of all copies of IE used during the month.

The newer IE9, meanwhile, posted an overall share of 21%, down more than half a percentage point from December's record high. The slip was the first since August 2012, and left IE9 with 38% of all versions of Microsoft's browser.

IE8 has been in decline since the March 2011 introduction of IE9, but its fall has slowed by half in the last 12 months compared to the year before.

According to Schare, that fits with what Browsium has seen among its customers, who are standardizing on IE8 as their preferred Microsoft browser. "They're doing that in part because they'll have XP and Windows 7 side by side," said Schare.

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