IBM Adopts Firefox As Default Web Browser

IBM has named Mozilla's Firefox as its default web browser, the company announced in a blog post.

Writing on the blog, Bob Sutor, IBM's vice president for Linux and open source software, wrote: "While other browsers have come and gone, Firefox is now the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be."

Sutor said that Firefox was responsible for "reinvigorating" the browser market with its exceptional growth in terms of standards compliance and web security.

He also stated that due to Mozilla's stance on open standards and their implementation in the Firefox browser will allow for better and increased use of cloud computing.

Sutor wrote: “There’s another reason we want to get as many of our employees using Firefox as soon as possible, and that is Cloud Computing. For the shift to the cloud to be successful, open standards must be used in the infrastructure, in the applications, and in the way people exchange data.”

He claimed that in order to migrate to cloud computing, organisations had to use open source software applications in their IT infrastructure.

The company plans to make Firefox the default browser for its 400,000, encouraging them to use the browser at work and incorporate the browser in to new PCs deployed within the company.