Internet Explorer Retains Advantages with Enterprise Apps

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


 

5. Solutions still rely on it 

As more Web-based solutions make their way to the enterprise, Internet Explorer becomes even more important. In fact, several products currently in use by companies rely upon Internet Explorer to work. That alone makes Internet Explorer relevant. And it will likely ensure that Internet Explorer 9 will be the browser of choice for companies going forward. 

6. The competition can't cut it 

Google's Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are outstanding browsers. For consumers, they are arguably a better option than anything Microsoft puts out. But the corporate world is a different space. And for most enterprise customers, Chrome and Firefox can't match Internet Explorer 9 in compatibility with enterprise applications, especially custom corporate apps. They don't deliver the same experience. Worst of all, they don't adequately support current enterprise solutions. 

7. The download manager is vastly improved 

Microsoft made a major update to its download manager in Internet Explorer 9. When a user attempts to download something from the Web, a new "reputation" feature kicks in. It evaluates the source of the download, and if it doesn't have a solid reputation, the warnings related to the download are made abundantly clear. The idea is to limit the user's exposure to malicious files. It's not a guaranteed security safeguard, but it should go a long way in making IT managers feel more comfortable giving employees access to the browser. 

8. It's an extension of Windows 7 

Although Internet Explorer 9 won't work with Windows XP, it's a vastly improved extension of Windows 7. In fact, users can "pin" sites to their taskbar, giving them easy access to pages in the future. Those pinned items also boast added functionality in some cases. It seems that Microsoft is attempting to make its browser a viable component in Windows' functionality. That's a good thing from an employee-productivity perspective. 

9. Microsoft's cloud vision works for now 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been saying for months that his company views the cloud differently than some other firms. He believes that users are going to need a rich client, like Internet Explorer 9, to interact with the cloud, rather than a thin client. Some would disagree, but for now, Microsoft seems correct in that assumption. Internet Explorer 9 will work exceptionally well for a user's cloud services. It will provide the kind of functionality most companies are looking for related to their cloud endeavors. 

10. It's a familiar experience 

In the end, Internet Explorer 9 isn't so drastically different that users won't feel at home. In fact, the browser provides a familiar experience that most enterprise employees would feel comfortable with. That's a good thing. And it should help Internet Explorer 9 enjoy the kind of success that Microsoft hopes it will achieve.



 
 
 
 
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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