Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The web browser has a lot of fans within the ranks at IBM (NYSE: IBM). Now the rival to Microsoft Internet Explorer is getting an even larger user base – 400,000 in fact, worldwide.

According to Robert Sutor, vice president for Open Source and Linux in IBM’s Software Group, Firefox is becoming Big Blue’s default browser.

Sutor disclosed the news in a blogpost. ()

“We’re officially adding a new piece of software to the list of default common applications we expect employees to use, and that’s the Mozilla Firefox browser,” he wrote.

“Some of us started using it because it was new and fast and cool. I tried it for those reasons, but I still use it for the following ones …”

The reasons include the fact that it is “stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM’s strategy” and “open source … managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity.”

IBM employs some 10,000 people at its campus in RTP.

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