Google have announced that they’re dropping support for IE8 (Internet Explorer 8) at the end of the year.
We decided to do this to both accelerate the pace at which we can innovate new product features, and to facilitate adoption of newer web technologies in the design of the Google Analytics product. Our ultimate goal is to provide a superior user experience for every GA user. As a note, we’ll of course continue to measure traffic from IE8 browsers to your website.
As the guys over at The Next Web point out, users of Windows XP cannot upgrade beyond IE8, though they can install an alternative browser.
Windows XP still retains over 20% of the market according to StatCounter: