Back when we launched IE9 in March, we blogged about why IE9 is the best browser for business customers.  Great performance and a new user interface that seamlessly integrates with Windows 7 are great for business users, and robust security features and well-known and supported deployment and management tools appeal to the IT professionals entrusted to manage IT infrastructure.  A new Total Economic Impact study published by Forrester helps to quantify these benefits now as well.

Forrester surveyed companies that were part of Microsoft’s IE9 Technology Adoption Program (TAP) to assess the results of moving to Internet Explorer 9.  This data was used to model the economic impact to a composite organization with 50,000 desktops from deploying Internet Explorer 9.  The results show there is a compelling financial reason to move to Internet Explorer 9.


Data source:  Forrester Research, Inc., “The Total Economic Impact Of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9”

The chart and graph above illustrate Forrester’s findings in calculating the three-year quantified benefits to the organization of moving from IE8 to IE9.  The organization’s risk-adjusted benefits are over $6 million over three years.  By applying a 10% discount rate, the present value of these benefits equal $5 million.  The net present value of these benefits is over $3.3 million with a 15-month payback period.  As Forrester notes, “The data collected in this study indicates that migrating from Internet Explorer 8 to Internet Explorer 9 has the potential to provide significant quantifiable benefits and positive net benefit after Year 2.”  Forrester will be discussing their findings in an upcoming webinar on August 16th.  You can use this link to register for the webinar and learn more.

As we’ve mentioned before, part of the great value of IE9 comes from the operating system it was designed to run on – Windows 7.  From its seamless integration with the Windows 7 user interface to its ability to tap into hardware acceleration and modern PC hardware through Windows, IE9 and Windows 7 together are a compelling offering to Windows business customers.  These customers understand the value of Windows 7.  And, Windows 7 continues its strong adoption with over 400 million licenses sold.  It is now estimated that worldwide over 27% of all internet browsing is from Windows 7 machines.

As IT departments adopt Windows 7, we encourage them to deploy Internet Explorer 9 as well, because this is the best browser for the Windows operating system.  We’ve heard from some of the companies that have already moved to IE9 that they’re seeing tremendous results from the migration.  Siemens discussed their Internet Explorer 9 deployment over on the Windows For Your Business blog today.

Customer testimonials from companies like Siemens and the analysis by Forrester in their TEI Study speak to the strong value of IE9 for corporate customers.  Here on the IE team, we highly value our corporate users.   As our engineering team mentioned last month, Internet Explorer is a browser for all customers including our enterprise customers.  Our commitment to these commercial customers is evident in the features that Internet Explorer has to help IT departments plan, deploy, and manage a browser across the enterprise – and it’s evident in the known product lifecycle that we have in supporting Internet Explorer for commercial customers.  This is why IT departments prefer Internet Explorer.  And for our partners, the tremendous growth in Windows 7 represents an opportunity for partners to offer Internet Explorer 9 migration services to customers looking to adopt Internet Explorer 9.  There are workshops available to help partners get their migration offerings started for their customers.

If you haven’t done so already learn more about Internet Explorer 9 and include it as part of your upcoming Windows 7 deployment.

Roger Capriotti
Director, Internet Explorer Marketing