If appreciable numbers of XP users had had their copies of IE upgraded, one would have expected to see Brazil's numbers for IE 6 and IE 7 show a larger variance from the norm than Australia. That just wasn't the case.
The shifts reported by StatCounter hint that IE's automatic upgrade program successfully moved some Windows 7 and Vista users from IE8 to IE9, but did little to migrate Windows XP users to a more modern browser, since IE6 and IE7 shares did not drop more than the usual.
Brazil, one of two countries where Microsoft has confirmed using IE auto-upgrade, showed a significant jump in IE9 share in February, but no unusual movement in the aging IE6 or IE7. (Data: StatCounter.)
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