Microsoft and Firefox Competition – an Onsite Observation

June 20, 2008

Some Onsite clients are discussing the ‘latest, greatest’ browser offering from Mozilla, Firefox 3, and its superiority to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.  Mozilla just released its newest Firefox web browser with 10 million downloads, prompting its entry into the Guiness Book of World Records as the most downloaded software in a 24-hour period.

Internet browsers are entering a new age of competition as browser publishers can dictate a user’s activities with the shift to evolving on-line hosted applications from applications stored on a PC.  Some may contend browser competition isn’t about beating Microsoft.  They assert browser competition is more about what a user can or cannot do on the Internet. 

At Onsite we believe competition and entrepreneurship are two sides of the same coin.  Browser innovations are the direct result of browser competition and the profitability associated with browser market share.  According to research from Net Applications, in May browser market share was split between Microsoft at 74%, Firefox at 18%, and Safari with 6%. 

Competition in ANY industry is always wonderful for consumers.  As Microsoft is preparing for the release of Internet Explorer 8, it will be interesting to note the innovations in IE8.  Microsoft is investing huge sums of capital in data centers, targeting the hosted application market where the web browser is a critical element. It is safe to assume Microsoft seeks to gain market share and influence Internet use of hosted applications with its newest browser. 

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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