The joy of 6

Doesn’t sound particularly joyful to me, but then I’m not the person trying to support a crapload of office computers. Among them, the underwhelming choice is Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 6:

This news may come as a shocker to the tech-savvy folks in the house, but 60 percent of companies use Internet Explorer 6 as their default browser, according to Forrester Research. Meanwhile, your IT department spends a decent amount of time erecting barriers to prevent browser upgrades. Bottom line: companies need a browser policy, or they will risk productivity losses.

Welcome to the wonderful world of enterprise browser adoption. While the tech press spends a lot of time talking about Web 2.0 and even 3.0, Corporate America is on Web 0.5.

How is this possible? It shouldn’t surprise you:

Companies are worried about custom apps that may fail on new browsers and security and compliance. In addition, companies limit the ability to upgrade. Seventy percent of companies restrict browser choice and Web content. Forrester notes that “IT control trumps technology populism.”

I must note here that Trini, who is the person trying to support a crapload of office computers, sets everyone’s default to Firefox. Even the Macs.


  1. GradualDazzle »

    1 May 2009 · 8:38 pm

    Hear, hear on the Firefox. I wish our school district’s crabby IT curmudgeon would switch us all to Ff.

  2. McGehee »

    1 May 2009 · 9:09 pm

    How is this possible?

    It’s possible because when people say corporate America is “conservative,” they don’t mean (or shouldn’t, but often do) “aligned with Reagan and Limbaugh,” but “risk averse to the point of suicide.”

    And yes, that really is as psychotic as it sounds.

  3. Tam »

    1 May 2009 · 10:51 pm

    All my Macs use Firefox (or its kissing cousin, Camino) except for those too old to run OS X, which are stuck with IE.

  4. fillyjonk »

    2 May 2009 · 7:31 am

    I’m supposed to use whatever IE version is most recently installed at work, but every time they upgrade my computer, I “secretly” re-download Firefox and use that.

    No one’s sent me a “Stop that!” note yet, so I assume it’s OK for me to do it.

  5. Don Mecoy »

    2 May 2009 · 7:41 am

    I can’t install Firefox on my work machine, but Google Chrome worked just fine. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any plug-ins to work with Chrome, so I actually use IE 7, which required installation by helpful help desk dude.

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