Forrester: Internet Explorer still top browser in the workplace

Net Applications claims that, worldwide, Microsoft's various versions of Internet Explorer are the most used among PC owners, StatCounter begs to differ, claiming that its date shows Google's Chrome as the number one PC browser.

Both Net Applications and StatCounter look at the big picture in terms of recording browser use, but what about looking at the numbers just from the workplace? VentureBeat.com reports that, according to a new Forrester report, IE still dominates over both Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox.

Based on a survey of 7,295 IT workers, the firm said that IE has a market share of 40.2 percent in businesses, far more than Google's Chrome, which came in at 27.9 percent. Firefox was third with 25.4 percent and Apple's Safari web browser was a distant fourth with just 1.8 percent.

The same survey stated that Windows 7 is used by 47.5 percent of enterprise PC customers, but that Windows XP is second with 38.2 percent. Microsoft will officially cut off support for Windows XP less than a year from now and has been urging businesses who are still using Windows XP to upgrade their machines to Windows 7 or 8 before the deadline is reached.

Source: VentureBeat | Image via Forrester

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Chrome comes in an MSI which has allowed me to install it on my Polytech computers.

But with IE9/10, I'm quite happy to not worried about installing another browser.

I ran into many applications that required IE. At the enterprise level sticking with IE is the safest bet IMO. IE10 is a breath of fresh air I can tell you that !

We just deployed IE10 on our terminal servers. Up to now only thing that doesn't work is Exchange Online's OWA. You can't drag and drop emails into folders. Kinda ironic since they are two microsoft product and OWA is hosted on Microsoft's servers.

The company I work for (a major ISP in Canada) is still imposing us to use Windows XP and IE 6.0. A technology company using Windows XP + IE6, isn't it ironic?

myxomatosis said,
The company I work for (a major ISP in Canada) is still imposing us to use Windows XP and IE 6.0. A technology company using Windows XP + IE6, isn't it ironic?

well, google did that too, until 2010, despite the fact IE8 had been released a year earlier, and the fact google had released their own browser too.

by the way, there are still around 30% of all enterprises still running on xp/IE6.
And 20% of businesses will still be running XP after its end of support next year, according to MS' own projections.

myxomatosis said,
.....

Most likely due to your organizations dependence on Oracle and their POS products haven't been updated from the date Oracle acquired them.
I'm in the same boat in my employer, a 'minor Canadian ISP'.
I did however move from the Oracle life sucking draining position to one where I get to enjoy MS technologies daily.

I just wish IE had some... nicer offerings. It's a decent browser today, but I can't enjoy myself like I can with Firefox or Chrome.

Also, seeing as I've jumped to Firefox recently, the browser has gotten a lot nicer lately. Not sure what update it was, but the new Download Manager is pretty damn slick for those who haven't checked it out.

If it wasn't of my sync'd profile with Chrome across all my computers I would switch to IE10. Synchronized bookmarks/history are what keeps me with Chrome. (oh and I almost forgot about Adblock )

Only because it comes pre-installed on most Windows machines, and a lot of people don't have time, or permission from the company IT Dept., to start installing 3rd party software. I would be willing to bet that if Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome came pre-installed instead of IE, that browser would then become "top in the workplace".

Gerowen said,
Only because it comes pre-installed on most Windows machines, and a lot of people don't have time, or permission from the company IT Dept., to start installing 3rd party software. I would be willing to bet that if Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome came pre-installed instead of IE, that browser would then become "top in the workplace".

If any of these browser has 13 years of support from its editor (like IE6), maybe businesses would consider using them.

only Firefox has "long term" support of 2 or 3 years, which is still ridiculous compared to any version of IE that is guaranteed to be supported 10 years.

it's ****ing stupid to think that enterprises use IE just because it is included in windows, as if IT staff were too stupid to install anything else. Why do you think google was still using IE6 until 2010? Did their IT ignore what Google Chrome was?
truth is that no other browser is suitable to businesses that need a stable environment, knowing they will receive security updates without having to upgrade to a new browser version that may break some of their intranet sites every two months.

THolman said,
You know what's really stupid? Coding apps that only work with one browser, let alone one *VERSION* of that browser.

it's far from being as easy as saying it.

first, many intranet apps are very old and are never updated, especially when they are deployed to a customer's infrastructure and when he doesn't want to pay for updates of its ten years old web app that is still perfectly working with IE6.
in 2003, IE6 had a lot of features that other browser didn't have, like Ajax support, inline editing of html content. So obviously, these features that weren't part of html5 yet (because it didn't exist) weren't standardized, and so are likely not to work in a browser from 2013.

Another problem is that standards evolve. I've been confronted several times to web apps working with IE6/7 and Firefox 3.5, but no longer working properly with ie8/firefox3.6, because better standard support is sometimes breaking buggy behavior web apps depend on.

so you can't expect things to work forever on any browser or browser version. It's impossible to guarantee it on complex web apps.

The only reason IE is tops for work is because of all the online enterprise apps that have disabled support for any browser other than IE. Especially Outlook Web Access.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
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Incorrect.
Enterprise apps haven't 'disabled support' for other browsers.
What they did is adopt proprietary MS browser extensions and then refused to replace them with standards based HTML5 offered in all modern browsers.
Why re-invent the wheel if you have your customers stuck in vendor lock-in?

I've found a lot of people are actually unaware that other browsers exist let alone have the notion to download and use them.

It's rather sad as IE is generally the worst of the bunch.

AWKM said,
It's rather sad as IE is generally the worst of the bunch.

If you talk about the old versions you need for Siebel and other crappy LoB apps from vendors who refuse to get with the times, I'll agree with the statement.

Or is it the IT folks who hate W8 start screen so much that the best browser is out of reach for them........

deadonthefloor said,

If you talk about the old versions you need for Siebel and other crappy LoB apps from vendors who refuse to get with the times, I'll agree with the statement.

Or is it the IT folks who hate W8 start screen so much that the best browser is out of reach for them........

Don't get me wrong. I find IE9 and 10 perfectly acceptable at rendering pages correctly but the browser itself feels sluggish and slow compared to others.

I use IE to access intranet based sites EG Exchange, Helpdesk, Timesheets etc.
For any browsing on the internet I use Chrome.

Firefox is default and recommended at my workplace. Using IE versions older than version 9 is discouraged. If only IE could be uninstalled.

We need to use IE at work for 2 reasons. We use SharePoint 2007, and our Siebel CRM) Application only works in IE8. We do however package and deploy FireFox and Chrome but that's just for general browsing. For work related stuff it has to be IE.

Not really that surprising. IE has a long legacy in the enterprise, and if you don't make an active choice to move from it, you're going to be using IE. It'd only fall from the top if it was truly repulsive. As long as it's at least "OK", it'll be dominating.

At 40%, it's actually lower than I expected.

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