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.
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.
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.