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Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are gaining on IE

According to a new research paper published by Forrester, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and 7 is still in heavy use in the enterprise environment. However, the report shows that Mozilla Firefox is steadily gaining in browser market share. Firefox was called the most risky business app in a Bit9 study last year.

Forrester reports that both Google Chrome and Apple Safari are seeing increased adoption with enterprise users as well. The reason for the increased adoption according to the research paper is that business users are relying "more heavily on the Internet and Web-based tools to perform their functions" writes paper author Sheri McLeish.

McLeish wrote, "As more and more companies look to SaaS (software-as-a-service) solutions and the Web delivers richer media, firms need to rethink their browser choices in concert with the Web-based apps they deploy. Information and knowledge management (I&KM) pros must start to leverage today’s browser innovations like faster processing, tabs, and new search features to improve information worker productivity."

The survey conducted by Forrester polled a pool of 51,913 enterprise-client users and was conducted in the first half of 2008. The study showed that IE6 was the dominant browser for enterprise users on a month-by-month basis for the entire year with a market share of 66.6% in July 2008 dropping to 60.2% in December 2008.

For the same period, IE7 gained market share moving from 33.4% to 39% giving Microsoft browsers a total of 81.3% of the enterprise browser market. Firefox made gains as well with its share going from 16.9% in July to 18.2% in December. Google Chrome went from 1.6% in September to 2% in December while Apple Safari went the same period with 1.4% of the market.

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Enterprise enviornment
By snikt on 4/30/2009 6:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
Some posters are forgetting that the article is stating that IE dominates the enterprise enviornment. There are just some things you can do with IE that you can not do to FF, Opera, or Chrome in a corporate enviornment. With a GPO you can lock down IE so that all it does is allow viewing Web pages and thats it. If need be with a GPO you can force IE to view only one particular web page or no web page. You can make IE completely inaccessible to all but Local Admin. With a GPO you can customize and secure IE to no end from a centralized point AND undo any customizations as well from a centralized point.

RE: Enterprise enviornment
By rippleyaliens on 4/30/2009 10:12:37 PM , Rating: 3
IE in enterprise= IT WORKS..
In our environment, it is soooo locked down, that it doesnt fail.
We tried Firefox, in which works, very well, the ability to lock it down, just doesnt work. ROAMING around, which is very common in a microsoft network, DOES not work easily.
WITH IE, in our environment, a user can log into any computer, citrix connection, whatever, and have all IE fav's, cookies, history, certificates, that are to that specific user.. WHEN firefox can do this simple thing, then the enterprise might take some look at it, but until then, NO!!!!

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