One of the things that has improved greatly over the last 5 years is the number of web sites that are now more compliant to standards. We used Netscape and Firefox on SCO Unix and then Linux through the years and there were always sites that just failed to work. In those cases we had to give people licenses for Internet Explorer on Windows. In this last upgrade to IE 8, we are down to 12 people out of 800 that need IE. WooHoo.
One of the sites that won't work is when our users have to do Webinars/Webex. The bad part has always been that the links come in email and are clicked. This of course opens Firefox on Linux. The users then had to copy and paste the link over to IE and away they would go. Sub-optimal obviously. So how best to handle this for those 12 users? Having a dialog appear to ask which browser you want to use is clunky, and very few sites really need IE anymore. So I'm developing a solution that promotes users using Firefox first and then dropping back to IE as a fallback. When they click on a link in email, it launches Firefox as always. Then based on $USER it knows if you have an IE license and gives you a secondary popup windows (circled in blue) for 10 seconds. If you do nothing, it goes away. From this dialog, you are able to select IE if needed and the URL is then going to be passed to Windows; and RDP will delivery the browser. This only happens if you click on a link in email, not when you just launch the Firefox icon.
I installed this rough code to get an idea of how the users will like the functionality. I'm pleased with the results and it seems like it will work well.