IE 9 Ensures Microsoft Will Hold Enterprise Browser Dominance: 10 Reasons Why

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-09-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Analysis: Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. It has the features and performance to make it still the best browser option for enterprise customers.

Internet Explorer doesn't get much love in the technology industry. Critics fault it for its security problems. They say it doesn't work as well as competing browsers. And they continue to say that the average user should work with a different browser. 

Although those complaints have cut into Internet Explorer's consumer market share, they haven't  worked so well in the enterprise. With the release of Internet Explorer 9, it's becoming clearer that the chances of competing browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox beating Microsoft's latest browser anytime soon seem slim. 

Internet Explorer 9 might be in its infancy, but this new browser edition ensures enterprises will stick with Microsoft. Here's why: 

1. It's much faster 

Internet Explorer 8 and other previous versions of the software loaded Web pages very slowly. In fact, Google's Chrome browser easily bested Internet Explorer in speed tests. But Internet Explorer 9 is quite fast, thanks to Microsoft's decision to utilize the computer's graphics processor. The result is a browser that for most companies will deliver the speed business users are seeking.  

2. It's taking aim at Chrome 

Speaking of speed, it's clear that Internet Explorer 9 is taking aim at Google Chrome. The browser has taken on a cleaner, Chrome-like look, making it easier to navigate. Plus, it has ditched the search box, in favor of a single box that allows users to input a Website's address or search for content. And by improving Internet Explorer 9's speed, it seems clearer than ever that Microsoft views Google as its top competitor in the browser market. 

3. Security hasn't mattered in the past 

There is little debating that Internet Explorer has been a security nightmare for Microsoft. Internet Explorer 6, for example, is widely considered one of the most insecure browsers ever released. But as those security problems persisted, companies continued to stick with Internet Explorer. So, while security is commonly a reason Internet Explorer critics give to get companies to switch from Microsoft's browser, it would seem that most companies haven't cared in the past. And if Internet Explorer 9 still suffers from security problems, it's unlikely that many companies will switch. 

4. It's a vastly improved design 

Internet Explorer 9 will likely deliver a far better experience to the average employee. Whereas previous versions of the browser were difficult for novice users to perform basic tasks, the new and improved design in Internet Explorer 9 provides power for advanced users and simplicity for novices. That alone should make Internet Explorer 9 a fine choice for companies looking to improve their browser productivity. 



 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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