An incredible milestone in the history of computing – Internet Explorer marketshare falls below 50% for the first time - http://bit.ly/dnxP1A – This is great news for consumers. For several decades, Microsoft has had a strangle-hold on desktop computing and IE was a way to extend this dominance to the Inrternet world too. Thankfully, things are not going in the direction MSFT intended. My view is that for long, MSFT has stifled innovation through it's monopoly power and there was a fear that this would continue in an Internet computing economy. Given the latest numbers on the browsers, and companies like Google and Facebook growing stronger by the day, the fear can perhaps be put to rest. I will personally sleep better knowing that Internet computing will be charcaterized by healthy competition.
Now if only somebody could find a way to challenge Google’s control of Internet advertising. Facebook, are you listening?