IBM is backing the Firefox browser, by encouraging its employees to use the software. Apparently, some 10 percent of IBM's staff, or about 30,000 people, have ditched IE in favour of the popular browser from Mozilla. IBM has now made the software available to employees on its internal servers, and has made it supportable by its help desk staff.

For IBM, the move is a significant step in lessening dependence on a product from rival Microsoft.

By supporting Firefox internally, IBM is also furthering its commitment to open-source products based on industry standards, said Brian Truskowski, chief information officer at IBM.

"This is a real good example of walking the talk when it comes it comes to open standards and open source," Truskowski said.

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