According to The Register web stats showing IE6 down in USA:, “gathered by Net Applications, counts browsers running on Joe Netizen’s PC. It doesn’t count enterprise users.
IE6 is dug in like a First World War sniper with 80 per cent of that market, according to Browsium”
Wow! If that’s true then XP may also be larger than the stats show, by a large margin. It’s a bit of work to get IE6 to run on “7” on some older hardware.
Because of vendor lock-in migration of enterprise applications is taking far longer than many expected. This is a sign that a re-write is in order, not just tweaking. At the same time migration to open standards is advisable to prevent such pain in the future.
This could explain the “missing” licences for “7”. The enterprise is not buying licences for “7” but installing XP on their new machines bought naked. The world is shipping 90 million x86/amd64 PCs per quarter but M$ is only selling 50 million licences per quarter. That suggests share something like this:
- 50 million “7” – 55%
- 4.5 million MacOS – 5%
- 9 million GNU/Linux – 10%
- 27 million XP – 30%
I still think some of those XP machines will eventually run GNU/Linux when the enterprise market escapes lock-in. Refusing to take the next step on the Wintel treadmill is the first step to Freedom. One could argue that realizing there is lock-in is the first step to Freedom but the enterprise definitely knows about lock-in given that they are clinging to IE6 in an IE9ish world.