I’m guessing that Bill Gates probably isn’t a regular reader of Twenty Steps. He probably has more important things to do like making more money. However he might be interested to read this article so if any of Bills minions are out there, give the fella a shout.
I’ve been looking at my Google Analytics stats and see what the referring keywords have been over the last few weeks and Microsofts latest bug ridden software, Internet Explorer 7, comes out top by a long way.
Over the last 3 weeks (7 Nov-27 Nov) 44% of all search engine traffic to Twenty Steps has included the phrases “Internet Explorer”, “Explorer 7″ or “IE7″. Nothing unusual there, I guess, since I’ve written 3 posts about IE7 over that time. What is interesting, though, is the fact that 28% of all visitors also include the word “troubleshooting”. When I look at the search phrase trouble shooting ie7 in Google I see that there are 799,000 results returned.
In fact when I look at all of the IE7 related search phrases, almost all of them are looking for solutions to problems caused by IE7. Here are some of the actual search phrases people have used.
How can I uninstall IE7?
Install Internet Explorer 7 bad idea
Internet Explorer 7 screwed up my computer
IE7 screwed up internet connection
Internet Explorer bugs November 2006
Explorer 7 and system restore
Don’t upgrade to Internet Explorer 7
What happened to my bookmarks after loading Explorer 7
Explorer 7 will not boot
I think it’s pretty clear that Uncle Bill needs to do some serious fire fighting. By forcing users to install IE7 through the auto updates procedure, he has pissed off a heck of a lot of people. 67% of his customers if my Analytics data is anything to go by.
So what can people do? Well if you haven’t already installed IE7 - DON’T! Wait for the next release. If you have then take a look at the excellent Internet Explorer 7 Knowledge Base put together by Sandi Hardmeier. It also includes something that I think a lot of people will benefit from - a guide to uninstalling IE7.
Once you’ve unistalled Internet Explorer, either go back to using your old version of IE6 or install Firefox.
Incidentally, to the person who typed “do I have BO?” into Google can I suggest that Twenty Steps probably won’t be able to help you there…