Surprisingly, Internet Explorer 10 extensively supports HTML5 and other open standards around it. This is actually a good news for the entire Internet. But, unfortunately, the goodness of IE10 will be available only to the users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. This means that around 30% of the Windows users will have to depends upon other browser vendors for a better browser with modern features.
Though this seems a good solution that users migrate to Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera but this a fact that most of the users keep on using the default browser which comes preloaded with their operating system. This is the main reason behind the large user base of Internet Explorer.
According to the data of StatCounter.com, IE8 and IE9 have 13.78% and 16.51% browser market share respectively. These users, specially those of IE8, are going to become a real problem for the web developers and the acceptance of modern web technologies.
Microsoft should come forward to solve this whole mess by offering a better solution other than paying for Windows upgrade. Microsoft should suggest users of Windows XP/IE8 to migrate to Mozilla Firefox or even Chrome. Users can be prompt through the regular IE or Windows update. If MS can’t provide them a better browser, it should at least suggest them one. This can be a nice solution, and will accelerate the growth of modern web and Internet.
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