Internet Explorer fights back
In a previous post I wrote about how Mozilla Firefox during the last 4 years slowly grew in popularity among Internet users, until it finally became a threat to Microsoft, who finally decided to refresh good old Internet Explorer by releasing version 7 in late 2006.
Obviously Firefox wasn’t that much of a threat after all, since Internet Explorer managed to maintain the biggest slice of the browser market share to date. Most likely for the same reasons that put Microsoft in trouble with the antitrust case against the US Justice Department in 1998: bundling with the world’s most popular operative system.
However, when Google releases a browser, it’s a completely different story. Google’s solid position on the Internet market combined with its business model of free services give the company a great marketing potential. This potential can be used as a highway to mass-distribute software, much in the same way Windows served to put Internet Explorer on the majority of PCs in the world during the 90′s. And Microsoft must have sensed that threat.
I am currently giving IE8 a spin, and I will soon post my impressions. In the meantime, have someone already tried it? What’s your opinion? I’m curious to hear.