IBM Chooses Firefox as Default Browser

IBM_firefoxMultinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation IBM announced that is has chosen to make Firefox as its default browser.

IBM Vice President for open source technology and standards Bob Sutor made the announcement. All of the company’s 400,000 employees will be encouraged to use the chosen web browser whether they are using Mac, Windows or Linux based laptops or computers.

Sutor described Firefox as the “gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be.”

All new computers will have Firefox preinstalled. Meanwhile, vendors selling IBM browser-based software are expected to support the web browser.

Open source group Mozilla gave the following statement over the selection of IBM for Firefox as default browser, “We are pleased to hear about Firefox becoming an option for even more people and appreciate IBM’s longstanding support for open standards.”

IBM is the world’s fourth largest technology company and the second most valuable by global brand after Coca-Cola.

As of June 2010, Firefox is the second most widely used browser, with 23.81% of worldwide usage share of web browsers.