IT users in Irish companies are not ready to use Microsoft’s browser

Irish workers are locked in a battle with their bosses over the use of Microsoft software.

Employees reject their companies’ preferred online systems, even though the IT department warns that the alternatives are not part of the company’s preferred options.

Recent numbers show that the vast majority of users opt out of Microsoft browser and search engine settings for security, tracking, and data flow reasons, despite their companies’ instructions on how to use the services.

Just 4 percent of Irish computers use Microsoft’s Edge web browser, according to new statistics from Statcounter, which measures computer systems interacting with thousands of Irish websites.

Although many corporate IT departments are asking employees to use the browser instead of Chrome or Safari, Google and Apple share 54 percent (Chrome) and 32 percent (Safari) of the computer web browser market.

Microsoft was previously forced by regulators to separate its web browser from its Windows operating system. However, the company still has a lot of influence over IT departments, many of which use additional software to trick users into using Microsoft’s browsers.

The figures for Microsoft’s Bing, which is set as the default search engine on all new laptops, are similarly low at just 3.4 per cent of Irish computers. In contrast, Google’s near-monopoly on search in Ireland stands at 92 percent, flat over 12 months. Yahoo, Yandex and Baidu make up the rest with between 1 and 2 percent each.

Statcounter figures show that Apple is the most used operating system in Ireland with 39 devices including phones, tablets and computers. Google Android follows in third place with 33 PCs and Microsoft Windows with 26 PCs. While Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro top the sales charts for discretionary consumers, business desktops and laptops still mostly use Windows computers, which are cheaper and can use older, creaky software.

Less than one in five Windows computers in Ireland are upgraded to Windows 11, which launched over a year ago. IT users in Irish companies are not ready to use Microsoft’s browser

Fry Electronics Team

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