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IBM gets it: Firefox now the official browser of Big Blue. IE kicked to the curb?

Firefox - the official browser of IBMAs covered over at NetworkWorld and announced on the blog of Bob Sutor, the VP of Open Source and Linux for the IBM Software Group, IBM is making it official: FIREFOX is the browser of choice for all 400,000 employees.

Now nowhere in the article or the blogpost does anyone mention microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) but I am assuming they are still a primarily windows environment and previous to this there were a lot of employees using IE. In June Google took the step to move all of their employees off windows and especially away from IE citing a major security breech in January 2010 directly related to IE. Many people didn’t give this move as much credit as it deserved being that Google has their own Chrome browser and is working on their own Chrome OS but it’s still one of the top technology companies in the world saying “we can live without Microsoft and it won’t slow us down.”

Finally another major technology company is coming forward and saying IE is a piece of crap! (My interpretation of this move, they didn’t use that exact word)

Sutor says “Any employee who is not now using Firefox will be strongly encouraged to use it as their default browser. All new computers will be provisioned with it. We will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox.” and gives these reasons for this move:

  • Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM’s strategy.
  • Firefox is open source and its development schedule is managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity.
  • Firefox is secure and an international community of experts continues to develop and maintain it.
  • Firefox is extensible and can be customized for particular applications and organizations, like IBM.
  • Firefox is innovative and has forced the hand of browsers that came before and after it to add and improve speed and function.

Thirty years ago IBM was the leader and today they are stepping up and being a leader that people should pay attention to and follow on this subject whether it be to Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera. Now if only IBM would do the same as Google and get rid of Windows all together.

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