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.