With all this talk about Firefox, Opera, Netscape and many other open source alternatives to Internet Explorer, I am surprised that nobody has stepped up to provide Active Directory Group Policy support.

Until these browser alternatives step up with full support of Active Directory and Group Policy, they will not take a significant market share away from Microsoft. They will buzz around but not make a significant dent in IE marketshare.

Let’s be clear; I am not saying Firefox, Opera, etc are bad browsers. I use Firefox just as much as I use IE but for these browsers to become viable alternatives in big business, they need to have the same abilities of IE or why bother?

Once we see this support, it will be interesting to see what happens and which corporate customer would take the leap first. What are your thoughts?