Internet Explorer Is Dead! Long Live Internet Explorer!
We’ve recently done a relaunch of our website InvoiceBerry.com. This was a good reason to nerd-out in our Google Analytics stats and see the effect of a completely new website. We’ve first looked at the month before our relaunch (June ‘15) and currently we’re collecting and analysing our Analytics data for the first full month after our relaunch (August ‘15).
We haven’t only looked into Internet Explorer compatibility of our new website during the web development stage. We’ve also met our good old friend Internet Explorer more than you might expect in our June ’15 stats…
InvoiceBerry.com — June 2015
The total share of visitors using any version of Internet Explorer amounted to 19.97% in June ‘15. It therefore was the second-most used browser on our website after Chrome (50%) and ahead of Firefox (14%).
On the positive side, Internet Explorer users had the lowest bounce rate of the major five browsers and the second highest conversion rate. Just a tiny bit behind Chrome users.
At this point it should be mentioned that our old website was very basic when it came to modern web technology. We’ve only used script.aculo.us and Prototype (quite outdated these days) and kept clear of all fancy new web development standards such as Bootstrap, jQuery and co.
Therefore our website was compatible with even the simplest and oldest browsers, such as Internet Explorer 4…
Release dates of Internet Explorer versions
IE 6: August 27, 2001
IE 7: October 18, 2006
IE 8: March 19, 2009
IE 9: March 14, 2011
IE 10: 4 September 2012
IE 11: 17 October 2013
Internet Explorer versions in detail
The 19.97% of visitors which have used Internet Explorer to access InvoiceBerry.com in June ’15 break down to the following in-detail IE versions:
IE 11.0: 66%
IE 8.0: 13%
IE 9.0: 10%
IE 10.0: 9%
IE 7.0: 1%
IE 6.0: 0.5%
To be fair, visitors using Internet Explorer 6 and 7 spent the shortest amount of time on our website. (Almost 40% less than visitors with newer versions)
However, this also shows that 25% of our visitors which used any version of Internet Explorer used a version 4 years or older (IE 9 or below). Scary.
According to this article by CMSWire there are now quite a few websites which are incompatible with Internet Explorer 8 or below. Funnily enough, the list also includes the creator of Internet Explorer itself, Microsoft.
Future trends and old friends…
Yes, the trend is going towards mobile and a lot of countries in developing markets, such as the African market, already have more mobile than desktop browser usage (See stats here). That’s why companies try hard to get their websites mobile-optimised in recent years. That’s completely fine and a natural step to do.
However, that’s no excuse to provide your current and loyal website visitors with a bad user experience. Just because you want to give your company website a fresh paint and you are too lazy to put in the work to optimise for older browsers, your visitors shouldn’t suffer. As long as website visitors are still using old technology and browsers (and they will for a long time…), companies should at least try to provide an acceptable user experience.