Firefox Gaining on IE in BusinessPublished by Fred Soto • April 2nd, 2008 RSS News Feed
Internet Explorer has had a good run, all things considered. They were the choice of consumers and professionals everywhere in the 90s, in large part because Microsoft engaged in anti-competitive practices that promoted its product at the expense of the industry. Now, businesses are catching up to technology, but they are not as interested in upgrading IE6.
From Information Week: “Firefox gains on internet explorer in business”
If IE7 isn’t taking off in enterprises, it’s questionable whether Microsoft should expect any better in IE8. Analyst firm Gartner cautioned last month that IE8′s default standards mode could break enterprise applications. Apps might not render properly if they’ve been developed primarily for earlier, non-standards- compliant versions of IE. Gartner wrote then that companies should “strive to design for standards, not browsers.”
Looking after the interests of end-users rather than corporate agendas? Sounds like a plan to me!
Many companies appear to be perfectly content with staying with IE6 until they see something better. The same thinking has been part of the reason for the slow take-up of Windows Vista in enterprises. And some of the security features added by IE7 and IE8 don’t work unless Vista is installed, so the pace of Vista uptake could also weigh on IE’s own upgrades.
It makes sense that in business, upgrading browsers isn’t a big deal because the computer primary use should be focused on productivity and not web applications. The only exception being Tech companies that focus on web design and development.