So says Bob Sutor, vice president of Open Source and Linux at IBM. The new default browser for half a million IBM employees worldwide is now Firefox. All newly deployed computers at IBM offices will be set with Firefox as its default browser, and IBM has gone so far as to recommend that home and business customers it deals with use Firefox as well. They are also encouraging vendors who may be supplying to IBM to be sure their products are Firefox-friendly.
As a Firefox zealot myself (I’m not just a lover of Firefox, I preach its gospel as well), I am happy to see this. I’ve been using Firefox since almost the beginning, on every Windows or Apple-based machine I have any control over. I have successfully dissuaded the parents, siblings, children, and spouses of same to leave the Internet Explorer foolishness behind and use Firefox exclusively. The only time I use Internet Explorer at all is when I’m using our backwards and stodgy business systems at my job, and we are still on IE 7 with no plans to move forward anytime soon. (We were on IE 6 until about four months ago because newer versions are not compatible with our business systems.)
IBM is a huge player, and to make such a public statement says something about both Microsoft, and Firefox. I am glad to see it, and hope more companies, especially big ones, will make the same move.