All new computers for IBM employees will have Firefox installed. Firefox is the second most popular web browser in an increasingly competitive market dominated by Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Mozilla Firefox, an open-source software is essentially treated as public property, with improvements made by any shared with all.
Making Firefox the default browser means that workers" computers will automatically use that software to access the internet unless commanded to do differently.
"Any employee who is not now using Firefox will be strongly encouraged to use it as their default browser and IBM will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser based software to fully support Firefox," said IBM executive Bob Sutor.
"Today we already have thousands of employees using it on Linux, Mac, and Windows laptops and desktops, but we"re going to be adding thousands more users to the rolls," he added.