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Why Internet Explorer still rules

Dear Google, Apple, Opera, Mozilla and others:

If you would like to win really big market share in the corporate world, do two things:

  1. Make your browsers deployable in MSI format, with no toolbar installations and other hidden hooks.
  2. Make sure that you can control every inch of the browser through Group Policy in officially supported and maintained templates.

Reason 2 is why I will never let another browser run on a general basis on a network I control. The amount of centralised control in IE is beyond belief. I know that I could tie down Firefox in roughly the same way locally, but there is no easy way to do it centrally, if at all. All projects that started out to create Group Policy templates and so on have fizzled out, and there is no support from the vendor themselves.

I’ve been playing with the 4th Developer Preview of IE9, and I can say outright that I can feel the speed. Combined with the sudden adherence to just about every major web standard out there, and the reasons to switch to another browser quietly vanish. Combined with the control of Group Policy, IT departments are going to feel less need to roll out Firefox or other browsers when IE is capable of doing the job just fine.

Security in IE is still somewhat wobbly, but at least you can manage the patch process with WSUS. Other browsers need you to download a whole new version to update themselves, something which can be a huge bandwidth hog over time.

The browser wars have reignited the spark over at Microsoft, and I for one am very glad to see it.

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