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Single browser deployment keeps costs down, says Microsoft-funded study

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There is a business case for using a single browser in the enterprise, according to a new study by Forrester Research that was commissioned by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). The study surveyed some 133 IT professionals and decision makers in the United States, and outlined the findings in a report titled "The Business Case for Standardizing on a Single Modern Browser in the Enterprise."

The report found that firms spend more money to support multiple browsers. Specifically, the cost adds up to an extra $4,200 per web app annually, which translates to $400,000 per year for a large corporation. The increased costs for businesses that allow the deployment of more than one browser can be attributed to factors such as security and patch management, testing and training, as well as app-development costs.

Interestingly, almost half of the enterprises surveyed allowed employees to install an alternative browser in addition to the company-sanctioned one. A third of these refused to offer support for unsupported browsers, while the rest offered it on the basis of "best effort."

Though the conclusions drawn from the study are logical, some may argue that developing for just one browser is impossible. And with the prevalence of BYOD, it is hard to make sure workers are accessing web resources from one browser on all of their tablets and smartphones.

You can download the free report here.

For more:
- check out this article at ZDNet

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