Very few people are using Internet Explorer nowadays. Firefox and Chrome seem to be the most popular browser these days so I think its ok to unsupport IE.
Agreed 100 percent.
Disagree 100%. A company I work for is an absolutely huge global company. It is in many countries, and is the leading brand in a few of them. Due to the nature of the business the technical people are slow to respond to requests like these, as security is higher priority as well as not replacing systems that currently work with this browser.
I only speak for the UK market, but I can categorically say that from about 7 or 8 in the morning, until about 6 or 7 in the evening, a 20k people or so have access to this appalling browser.
Now if you imagine that others in my industry may be acting the same, and then imagine other huge organisations whom have a large IT overhead, and replacing computers, browsers, etc has a lot of man hour and hardware costs, then you may start to see the scale of the issue at hand.
Albeit it would depend on your industry, the general browsing time of your users, and a variety of other things. I certainly do NOT trust the stats that fly about on the internet. The fact of the matter is, we browse less in that workplace environment because less sites work, and those that don't work, we do not use. Hence some sites, we find easier to use, are more likely to be browsed. Whether purchases take place during work hours is another thing. And that my friends, is my 2 pence. To put it bluntly, are you prepared to ignore a minimum of 20k people in the UK, with that figure rising to 50k quite easily including only those in the industry of this company? You can talk about 0.1% or you can talk about 100k+