Will Firefox Lose its Enterprise Love for this Rapid Roadmap?
By on June 25th, 2011

On one hand when the end user is ready to adapt to the latest version of browsers, there is another well-established user base that just won’t move to a newer version of browsers. These are numerous Enterprise, which make it very clear that their internal forums are going to work only on older unsupported versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox.

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Firefox is on a crash course and apparently, it is not that easy for an Enterprise to switch to new browsers as and when they release. The reason? Well, you can spot it easily. Their internal networks are not created with web-standards in mind. This leaves them more compatible with older versions of browsers and takes a toll on their uses as well. What makes matters worse is when these enterprise solutions develop specifically for older versions of web-browsers (blame IE6).

Until now, Firefox has been a parallel browser of choice for Enterprise works and the reason is quite obvious. Their development was moving at a considerably  slow pace. Now, when Firefox wants to gather pace and reach a competitive position in the browser market, it runs a huge risk of losing Enterprise usage.

Read through this blog post and tell me why these lines sounds wrong.

For corporate customers, we’ll support each version of Internet Explorer as long as the latest version of Windows that it runs on is supported. For example, Windows 7 Enterprise is supported through January 2020. Internet Explorer 9 will therefore also be supported through January 2020.

It is exactly this attitude that will kill the web as we know it. What use is all the advancement in web technologies if your browser cannot leverage its power? Likewise, your app is not good enough either, if it is not agnostic to new browsers.

Clearly, Mozilla has done the math here. The number of Enterprise users using Firefox out of compulsion might be far less than the number of users it can gain from this move. The browser space has become extremely competitive and this was a right step towards a brighter future for Firefox.

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Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

Chinmoy Kanjilal has written and can be contacted at chinmoy@techie-buzz.com.

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