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Friday, May 13, 2005

Firefox Rulz!

CNET: IBM backs Firefox in-house:
Firefox is already used by about 10 percent of IBM's staff, or about 30,000 people. Starting Friday, IBM workers can download the browser from internal servers and get support from the company's help desk staff.

IBM's commitment to Firefox is among its most prominent votes of confidence from a large corporation. Based on development work by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, Firefox has been downloaded by more than 50 million people since it debuted in November. Internet Explorer still dominates the overall market by far, though, with Firefox's share in the single digits.

For IBM, the move is a significant step in lessening dependence on a product from rival Microsoft.
I've been using Firefox as my principle browser since 0.7 shipped, only resorting to use of IE for a couple of applications that had yet to be upgraded to be properly standards compliant. Actually, Firefox has been available for download internally for a few months "as is"... the big deal is that it is now officially supported by IT, which means that non-geeks will feel more comfortable in using it.

Get Firefox!


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