How’s this for a mismatch? On one side, you have Microsoft (MSFT
), the world’s largest software company, with $37 billion in revenues
and 57,000 employees. On the other is the Mozilla Foundation, a
nonprofit with a $2 million budget and just 16 employees wedged into a
single room in a Mountain View (Calif.) office park.
It’s Godzilla vs. Mozilla, and Mozilla is a midget. Yet the pipsqueak
is pulling off a feat that would have seemed preposterous a year ago.
It’s taking chunks of share from Microsoft in the Internet browsing
market. According to a survey released Jan. 12 by Web site analytics
firm WebSideStory, Mozilla’s free Firefox browser has grabbed a 4.6%
share over the past six months and seems well on the way to its stated
goal of 10%.
Yup, it won’t be long before is right up there as the browser of choice. I am curious what Microsoft is going to come up with when they release their new version of Internet Explorer in a couple years. That will certainly raise the bar for all other browsers, including and that can only be good for the industry as a whole.
In case you didn’t notice, I am a dedicated Firefox fan!