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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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By TomZ on 4/30/2009 11:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
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with windows updates on by default that pushed IE7 to them and whatever they had as their browser was replaced by IE7.
Oh, really? So if I had Firefox installed, IE7 being pushed would uninstall that? Nice try...
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Remember, a browser never should have been part of an OS
I can think of at least two reasons why that statement is wrong:

1. Most users need a browser, and if there is one installed with the OS, then it saves time and effort.

2. For developers, it is convenient if the OS includes an HTML rendering component. Having IE available serves that purpose nicely.


By mindless1 on 5/2/2009 1:08:25 AM , Rating: 2
Not uninstall, unDEFAULT. Do you not recall a very recent Dailtech article about this very thing with IE?

Just because most users need a browser does not mean it needs to be integral. Integral != included. Calculator is included but not integral for example.

Developers can expect anyone to have a HTML rendering engine if they want to see HTML rendered. IE can serve the purpose of course, but does not need to be an integral part of the OS to do so.

You're shilling again, arguing things that have nothing to do with reality. I am not one of those who argues Windows should not have a browser on the installation disc, nor even that it shouldn't be installed with a default windows installation. It's the anti-competitive actions and vulnerability of the OS due to it's integration in shared code that is the problem.

Firefox is a great example. Install it if you like, remove it if you like. IE should be the same. A person uses a PC for all this convenience and it's a lot of effort to click on a setup file? That's stretching things a wee bit far if we simultaneously want to blame users for not knowing how to secure, manage, and do other things on a PC. We can assume that at some point they can read, and have at least some method of causing a mouse click.


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