Browsers are often a personal preference by the user – so how does an IT professional decide on a browser for employees throughout an entire company?
Well first, IT pros have to decide whether all employees should have the same browser in the first place. While it’s possible to support a multi-browser workplace, the obvious advantages (easier to handle security issues, less software on employee desktops, easier to support) probably outweigh the grumblings of die-hard Firefox users, Chrome addicts or lifelong IE users, should they have to make a switch.
We collected some articles, resources and tips to help you decide:
Internet Explorer: Most likely the browser that the majority of your employees are familiar with. IE has the fewest chances of a site not loading properly due to incompatibility; however, there’s consistent conversation surrounding security concerns with IE past and present. And if you do decide to go with IE, which version do you stick with? IE9 already has 2 million downloads and mildly positive reviews, but according to Microsoft, business should stick with IE8 for a little bit longer.
Mozilla Firefox: Seen as the chief competitor and alternative to IE for users concerned with security flaws, Firefox started gaining increased market share in 2004 and has continued to attract die-hards ever since due to its speed, a minimal user interface and a good reputation for secure browsing. The browser is also open source, allowing any programmer to adjust code to make improvements.
Safari: Released as the default browser on Macs starting in 2003, Safari can also be used in Windows – but only if you have the right version (XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7). Safari is built with WebKit, an open-source browser engine. Most PC users are more inclined toward traditional IE or Firefox rather than downloading an Apple browser, but the company’s reputation for outstanding products seems to transfer to its browser as well – and as more iPhone and iPad users become familiar with mobile Safari, it may gain in popularity.
Google Chrome: With a reputation for speed, ease of use, and a streamlined interface that makes you forget you’re even using a browser, Google Chrome quickly gained popularity after its release in 2008. Google Chrome seems like a winner – with exception to its “Big brother”-like approach to collecting information (unlike Firefox). There are workarounds, and Chrome is gaining traction in the workplace. Besides, 2 million Facebook fans couldn’t be wrong...right?
So while there’s no straight answer to which browser your employees should be using, there are significant pros and cons to each. In the end, the answer is in finding what works best for your company culture and IT policies.