The open source Firefox has been given a boost in the corporate world, with IBM’s plan to encourage its employees to use the browser instead of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
IBM employees can now download the Firefox browser from IBM servers and also get browser support from Big Blue’s help desk staff.
With IBM already an increasingly louder advocate of open source solutions in the market place, the Firefox move can be seen as the world’s largest computer company getting its own house in order.
Firefox, developed by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, has been downloaded more than 50 million times since it was launched last November.
Although its percentage of market share is still in single digits, its increasing popularity has helped to bring the overall market share of Internet Explorer down to below 90% in the US.