Japan is having trouble saying goodbye to Internet Explorer

posted on January 14, 2016

Eighty percent of companies and local government offices in Japan have made no apparent transitional efforts to part from Microsoft Internet Explorer as their default browser, with 30% using older versions which may represent security risks.

According to Japan Times, the country traditionally most associated with vanguard technologies has been a global laggard in the browser wars of the last 10 years.
(The report also notes that Japan retains an uncommon practical nostalgia for fax machines and hand-written time-sheets - as if 1996 was the country's golden year)

This week Microsoft ended support for any version of Internet Explorer below the latest (and last) - version 11.00, leaving an unusual tranche of Japanese local government machines unprotected from the latest exploits and threat vectors.

Though Japan's use of Internet Explorer has fallen from 50% in 2013 to 30% now (with the shortfall taken up by Chrome), 30% is quite a token of fidelity on the global scale. By comparison IE accounts for 1.57% in Spain, 18.61% in the United Kingdom, 8.42% in the Russian Federation and 23.72% in the United States.

General retention of Internet Explorer seems to affect broad geographic regions rather than specific countries. Though wildly varying in its component nations, the European average stands at around 10%.

source by thestack
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