Firefox gaining share in business
The Firefox browser is used by more than 10 percent of business users and that number could more than double by the end of the first half of the year, a management consulting company said. Based on the types of browsers used in accessing 10 business-to-business websites, slightly more than one in 10 were the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox, Janco Associates said. About 83 percent were Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), nearly four percent were Mozilla, and less than one percent were Netscape, America Online and Microsoft's MSN. Since the fourth quarter of 2004, Firefox usage had more than doubled among business professionals, Victor Janulaitis, chief executive of Janco, said. That rate of adoption was expected to continue next quarter, when the open source browser was expected to reach up to 25 percent of the market. Businesspeople were using Firefox over IE because they liked the browser's tabbed browsing feature and saw Firefox as less of a security risk, Janulaitis said.
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