When Google introduced Chrome and its unique automatic background update process few years ago, it completely changed the world of browsers. Following the same pattern, Mozilla moved to a rapid release development cycle for Firefox, and now the Firefox also updates itself in background automatically similar to Chrome. Internet Explorer users already have the advantage of Windows’ native and again the ‘automatic’ update process. So far so good.
The leading antivirus company, Kaspersky Lab, has found a very different side of the story in its latest research about the browsers upgrade trend. This research reveals that 23% users use old or outdated versions of browsers. The 8.5% users still use the obsolete versions, and it takes almost a month for the users to upgrade to the latest version after its release. These figures clearly indicate that the browsers may have a faster release and update process, but they still need an effective one.
This research was conducted on the Kaspersky Lab customers, and the actual numbers should be different from these results. Well, the browser market share reports of StatCounter.com also reveals the same trend. As of November 2012, the Firefox 3.6 and IE6 have around 0.5% market share.
The above research also reveals that 80.2% of IE users, 79.2% of Chrome users, 78.1% of Opera and 66.1% of Firefox users have the latest version installed. This means that the one-third of Firefox users are using the older versions. IE6 and IE7 are still used by 3.9% IE users.