Next month, Microsoft will officially stop delivering updates for all but the latest Internet Explorer version on each Windows version it supports.
Although the company provided almost two years' warning, the population still using older versions of Internet Explorer appears to be uncomfortably high.
Here's the result: Depending on whose numbers you look at the share of people using a Microsoft browser who are on the latest version (Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 or later, with Edge as an option on Windows 10) is well over 50 percent and possibly as high as two-thirds.
I was surprised to see Microsoft Edge getting so much real-world usage only four months after its release, getting between 6.3 and 6.6 percent share, or about 1 in every 4 Windows 10 machines, as measured by Stat Counter and confirmed by the DAP numbers.
I looked at worldwide desktop browser share by version for the three-month period from September through November 2015.
Here's the result: Stat Counter, which measures pageviews rather than trying to count individual devices, says Microsoft browsers account for just over 18 percent of all worldwide web traffic from desktop PCs and laptops. Digital Analytics Program, which counts visits to U. Government websites from individual devices, helpfully breaks out the desktop and mobile percentages.
That number will shrink as Vista machines retire and Windows 8 PCs get upgraded.