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TechRepublic's favorite Web browser in Windows

What better way to kick off the IT by the Numbers blog than by examining one of our perennial favorite questions of all time: Which is the reigning favorite Web browser -- for Windows, used by the IT professionals over at TechRepublic?

What better way to kick off the IT by the Numbers blog than by examining one of our perennial favorite questions of all time: Which is the reigning favorite Web browser -- for Windows, used by the IT professionals over at TechRepublic? Note that I'm not talking about what you have to use at work or what your sadist of a boss insists you use. This is about your very own favorite; what you would personally recommend to someone who asks.

A total of 767 TechRepublic members responded to the poll in a post two weeks ago announcing the release of Safari 3.1 for Windows.

Favorite Web browser in Windows

As you can see, an overwhelming 509, or 66% of members who participated vouched for Firefox. Internet Explorer came in at a far second with 141, or 18% of votes. It remains to be seen whether the imminent release of Internet Explorer 8 will be able to shift things back in Redmond's favor. I suppose what came as a surprise was how quickly Apple's Safari managed to leap-frog Opera -- at least in terms of mind-share.

What says you of the Numbers?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

8 comments
daniel.bomgardner
daniel.bomgardner

I've been using Firefox for a couple of years now and I think it's just about there. But I switch back and forth between IE and Safari and there are things that I like about both. So I try to alternate just to keep abreast on the situation and what each browser is up to.

paulmah
paulmah

A total of 767 TechRepublic members responded to a poll on their favorite Web browser on the Windows operating system. An overwhelming 509, or 66% of members who participated vouched for Firefox. What says you of the Numbers?

kroos
kroos

I prefer Firefox, but because of the institution's uniformity, IE is used by employees that I support by phone so I use IE enought to keep in tune with what the users are dealing with. It is easier for support to have a limited number of software options with a single support staff, me, I must admit that is helpful for me that the users have the same browser - I just wish it was Firefox!

Jaqui
Jaqui

mac and linux and bsd? it's discrimination I say to not have a poll for favorite browser fpr each os!!!

R153nm
R153nm

In my anecdotal experience, that seems about right, except I'm the only person I know who prefers Opera over FF. But luckily, corporate standards are loose here, so most users are FF with few IE people.

LarryBoy2
LarryBoy2

I did not participate in the survey, since I didn't read that article, but I also prefer FF, even though the corporate standard here is IE.

RFink
RFink

I like the beta of FF so much I've stopped using the production FF 2.x. Now if there was some way of blocking screaming audio from selected web sites.

jjness
jjness

Flashblock and NoScript does wonders. Check them out. You can always disable them/whitelist sites if they prove bothersome.

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