The second, Catalyst, is slated for release in early 2013. Schare described Catalyst as a "traffic cop" that lets IT administrators set group policies in Windows that specifies which browser runs what apps or websites. A company can, for instance, force workers to run IE on all intranets, and Chrome to render all external domains, giving administrators more control in a multi-browser shop.
"IE8 is a legacy browser now," said Schare, referring to the 2009 browser's de-listing by Google this fall. "So if you're running IE8, you need a second browser." Many of Browsium's customers select Chrome as that second browser, Schare said.
"I was a bit surprised that Microsoft commissioned this report," admitted Schare. "We've been talking to people about this for years, but it's a little odd that Microsoft's worrying about IE."
Forrester declined to make available the analyst or analysts who conducted the research and wrote the report, citing company policy on commissioned work.
The report can be downloaded from Microsoft's website in PDF format.
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