IE users are dumb story: Bogus study from a bogus company!

A few days back we had reported about an amusing story, where a Canadian firm AptiQuant had carried out an online survey and reached the conclusion that Internet Explorer users are the dumbest; Opera users, the smartest.

It now appears that the study was bogus and the firm which carried out the survey was new. Even the company’s website was only recently set up and staff images which were displayed there were ripped off from a legitimate  business website owned by a Paris-based company Central Test.

Said David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University’s Statistical Laboratory:

I believe these figures are implausibly low – and an insult to IE users. It’s obviously very easy to create a bogus site like this – as all phishers know it’s easy to rip-off someone else’s webpages and pictures, BBC reports.

BBC did try to contact the company, but no-one on ApTiquant’s  number was available for comment. It is unclear who was behind the stunt.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. Sanjiv

    Hi Anand,
    Good to see a change in the appearance of TWC. In a way, i am sad, ’cause i had got pretty used to the old one. But though the previous looks were good, this does appear to be better. It appears to load faster and is easier to my eyes. Change for the better is always appreciated and welcome.

  2. Yes, although I too had got used to the old appearance, I thought it was time to move on, make things faster and more friendly for the readers. Hence this minimalistic-lean-mean appearence. 🙂

  3. i agree, that new design is much better than the previous one, i’m not saying that the old one was bad
    btw, about that IE users are ………..
    well, i can’t say that they are not, but opera users are the smartest? what happened to chrome and firefox?

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