Is Internet Explorer suitable for Business?

Choosing a web browser that suits your organization requirements best is always a task. Microsoft has been developing excellent products for enterprise sector so, the company knows better than anyone what should be the choice as a great browser for business. And what other name can cross someone’s mind other than Internet Explorer 10.

Internet Explorer 10 is a new generation browser and the default browser in Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows 8. The browser has plenty of features that makes it the ultimate choice of most of the enterprises. Let’s cover them in brief here.

Internet Explorer for Business

Touch

It’s the world of tablets and smartphones, touch-specific devices in particular. IE10 is perfect for touch! It handles simultaneous points of touch and gesture-based input for demanding web apps and games. Try the web-based Contre Jour for one example!

Fast

In some performance measures, particularly graphics manipulation tasks, IE equals or surpasses many browsers, also when it comes to hardware acceleration benchmarks.

All graphics, video, and text in IE10 are hardware-accelerated, with app-like performance for web sites. Hardware Acceleration, also known as GPU Rendering is a new feature included in Internet Explorer that allows the browser to, while loading a webpage, move all graphics and text rendering from the Central Processing Unit (C.P.U) to the Graphics Processing Unit (G.P.U). This helps in enhancing the graphic performance and the rendering of webpages, thereby making IE perform faster.

In Internet Explorer 10 this hardware acceleration is balanced with battery power, giving you extended hours of working thereby ensuring you remain productive for longer time before having to recharge.

Javascript

Explorer 10’s SunSpider JavaScript performance is faster than Chrome. On two out of three JavaScript benchmarks, Chrome and Firefox had to take the beating at the hands of the Internet Explorer 10. Remember the Robo Hornet Test by Google, an open-source micro-benchmark test conducted by Google for evaluating the browser performance? Even Google admitted that Internet Explorer 10 beats its Chrome in performance.

Privacy Concerns

Organization owners concerned about privacy should find this as a good news. Microsoft has built in the unique Tracking Protection, which allows users prevent themselves from being tracked. The feature offers users more control than Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox solutions to the privacy issue. Simply enable the Do Not Track header and control the browser’s communication with websites to help you keep your browsing history private.

Security issues

Any web browser behaves as a primary vector by which malware is introduced to computers. So, the lack of a browser security is the primary source of malware infection. If the browser isn’t secure it offers a direct and unique route for infection, bypassing corporate protection layers (generally detecting malicious activity/traffic using SSL) and bringing malware deep into the corporate environment.

It is thus obvious that Browsers must provide a strong layer of defense from malware as Links in phishing emails, compromised web sites, and trojanized “free” software downloads tend to deliver malware via web browser downloads.

NSS Labs conducted an analysis where it examined the effectiveness of the leading web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari) in blocking malware. The browsers were tested against over ninety-one thousand samples of real world malicious software.

The Browser Security Comparative Analysis, report said that during the testing, Internet Explorer 10 with App Rep had a mean malware block rate of 99.1%, with App Rep adding 10.6% percent to the 88.5% URL reputation blocking achieved by the browser. Chrome with Google’s Malicious Download Protection had a mean block rate of 70.4%.  However, only 4.5% of the blocked malware was based upon URL reputation; Google’s Malicious Download Protection provided 65.8% additional protection. Firefox and Safari, which have no download protection, were only able to block 4.2% and 4.3% of the malware respectively.

To read more about Internet Explorer features, visit Windows Blogs.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.