XP/IE6 in the Enterprise

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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to XP/IE6 in the Enterprise

  1. oiaohm says:

    Phenom Please remember this. If you have not overrides windows update wish to install IE 7 and IE 8 and run windows update recently.

    Windows XP will be running IE 7 and IE 8. They were both pushed out as secuirty updates.

    Question is how many other secuirty flaws are those business running with.

    Most common reason in business I see it override is internal website don’t work.

    Most dependable MS Office in wine is MS Office 2007 at the moment. Only major issue is “riched20.dll to native” with the programs that work. Reason wine own internal version of riched20.dll MS Office kinda does not like.

    List of programs that don’t work outlook, access, groove, Onenote, Publisher.

    Swiss cheese support for MS Office. I have not said otherwise. I have no particular need for MS Office. Neither do a lot of countries these days.

    Phenom have you ever run a network a mixture of OS X and Windows both running there versions of MS Office. That was one place that ended up migrated to Libreoffice for internal. Yes it breaks regularly reason OS X version of MS Office has a different a processing engine to the Windows version. Welcome to hell basically.

    If you say a business Must have MS Office. You have basically said you must choose one OS for everything or its going to explode.

    Yes due to the windows issue I have had people in winehq channel on freenode asking how to install windows version of MS Office in wine running on OS X to get away from the hell. Yes wine MS Office support is bad. MS cross platform support is worse.

  2. Phenom says:

    GNU/Linux can run M$’s office suite.

    Quote from your link:
    “What works
    Installing, starting, basic functions: opening and saving files (with workaround below

    What was not tested…Anything else not mentioned above

    After creating a new wineprefix, installing, and doing the post-install steps above I can’t seem to get spell check working”

    Yeah, it really works! 🙂

    Pogs, please try better next time. Don’t let the laugh Ohio is to lower your own standards.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Phenom lot of business I know who are stuck with IE6 there internal business website will not work with IE7 or IE8.

    Really the cost of badly written code is killing them. Slowly but surely.

  4. GNU/Linux can run M$’s office suite.

    GNU/Linux can run a browser.

  5. Phenom says:

    You are quite wrong that lock-in is with Microsoft. Lock-in is actually with ISV, who develop stuff for money, and support it later on. You see, having an 15-year old software system, which still works, is not a bad thing at all. It has really paid its investment.

    Sorry to disappoint you, Pogs. These XP machines will turn to 7 or 8, and the enterprise will lock itself with again for another 15 years to the same, or some other ISV, who can get the job done. The target OS does not matter, as long as it can run a browser and Microsoft Office. Linux cannot.

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