IBM, aka Big Blue, has decided to make Firefox the browser of choice for their 400,000 employees. Considering that IBM and Microsoft have been at odds for many years [does OS2 ring a bell], this should be no surprise. What is surprising is that it took IBM this long to dump Internet Explorer considering the companies animosity towards Microsoft.

Over at ReadWriteWeb, they state the following information:

According to Web analytics site StatCounter, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still leads the pack worldwide, with 55%, while Firefox follows with just under 30% and Google’s Chrome rounds out the top three with 8%. While 400,000 users doesn’t mean a big percentage jump in the worldwide browser market, it is a backing by one of the world’s leading hardware and software developers.

IBM’s Bob Sutor, vice president of open source and Linux stated:

Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM’s strategy. Firefox is open source and its development schedule is managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity. Firefox is secure and an international community of experts continues to develop and maintain it. Firefox is extensible and can be customized for particular applications and organizations, like IBM. Firefox is innovative and has forced the hand of browsers that came before and after it to add and improve speed and function.

What is surprising is that Mozilla Firefox now commands 30% of the world market. I know I would never have guessed that Firefox would do so well and actually find a large following. This does go to show that you can build a better mouse trap.

Comments as always are welcome.