July 2, 2010

IBM Exec Endorses Firefox Web Browser

IBM has endorsed Internet browser Firefox, asking its workers around the world to use the open source software for browsing the Web.

"Any employee who is not now using Firefox will be strongly encouraged to use it as their default browser," IBM executive Bob Sutor said Thursday in a blog post at his website.

"While other browsers have come and gone, Firefox is now the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be."

Using Firefox as the default browser means that workers will automatically use the software with their computer in order to access the Internet unless told differently.

According to Sutor, all new computers for IBM employees will have Firefox installed and the global company "will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox."

The technology giant has a corporate history dating back a century and now has about 400,000 workers. 

"Today we already have thousands of employees using it on Linux, Mac, and Windows laptops and desktops, but we're going to be adding thousands more users to the rolls," Sutor said.

Firefox is the second most popular Internet browser next to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome knocked out Apple Safari to become the third most popular Internet browser in the U.S.

"We'll continue to see this or that browser be faster or introduce new features, but then another will come along and be better still, including Firefox," Sutor said.

"I think it was Firefox and its growth that reinvigorated the browser market as well as the web. That is, Firefox forced competitors to respond."


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