An anonymous reader shares Computerworld’s interview with David Michael Smith of Gartner.
“Most enterprises still have a ‘standard’ browser, and most of the time, that’s something from Microsoft. These days it’s IE11. But we’ve found that people actually use Chrome more than IE… It’s the most-used browser in enterprise,” he said… IE retains a sizable share — Smith called it “a significant presence” — largely because it’s still required in most companies. “There are a lot of [enterprise] applications that only work in IE, because [those apps] use plug-ins,” Smith said, ticking off examples like Adobe Flash, Java and Microsoft’s own Silverlight. “Anything that requires an ActiveX control needs IE.” Many businesses have adopted the two-prong strategy that Gartner and others began recommending years ago: Keep a “legacy” browser to handle older sites, services and web apps, but offer another for everything else…
Chrome, said Smith, is now the “overwhelming choice” as the modern enterprise browser… Smith wasn’t optimistic that Edge would supplant Chrome, even when Windows 10 is widely deployed on corporate computers in the next few years. “Edge certainly will have opportunities” once Windows 10 is the enterprise-standard OS, “but I would say that Chrome has a lot of momentum, largely for the fact that it is so popular on the internet.”
While a year ago Chrome and Microsoft’s browsers both held 41% of the browser market share, now Chrome holds 59% to just 24% for both IE and Edge combined.
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