Internet Explorer 10

I’ve been an avid user of Internet Explorer for some time now due to the nature of my job. Throughout my travels as a test engineer, I’ve learned that testing cross-browser and cross-platform meant testing on Internet Explorer 6 and 8 on XP, Internet Explorer 7 on Vista, and Internet Explorer 8 and 9 on Windows 7. I’ve found that this combination works pretty effectively if you are trying to find all bugs, including exceptions within Internet Explorer across multiple platforms. 

This coming 2012, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 10 which will more than likely will be shipped with Windows 8. As of October 2011, Internet Explorer accounts for about 21% of overall use, if you factor Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera into that mix. Drilling down a little further, Windows Vista accounts for 5.5% of that entire OS market and ships with Internet Explorer 7. So it’s not surprising that Internet Explorer 7 numbers are also extremely low at 3.5% of all IE version currently on the market. 

So what does this mean for testers who have to thoroughly test websites across these multiple browsers and platforms? Given the fact, that Internet Explorer 7 will not work at all with Windows 8 and even the developer preview is compatible, it proves that Microsoft is finally unwilling to cater for the “lowest common denominator” when developing their future browsers. This may also mean when Windows 8 comes out, we more or likely will see an almost near-death in the case of Internet Explorer 7, while Microsoft will continue to support Internet Explorer 6, regardless of the numerous on-line campaigns to finally put this browser to bed, because it ships with Microsoft XP which accounts for 33.7% of Microsoft’s OS market share at the current moment. Due to the ever-rising statistics of Apple’s OS and main browser, it’s safe to say that numbers for Window 8may not be that impressive, since users are pretty satisfied with Windows 7 and the moment and there may have to be more bang for your buck, to warrant an upgrade to Windows 8.

Concurrently, there may be some truth in Microsoft supporting Internet Explorer 6 until 2014, and this may the first case in which testers have skipped over an entire OS [Window Vista] and browser [IE 7]for testing purposes, while still testing an older version of that browser [IE 6], on an even older OS [Window XP]. Only time will tell. 

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