We have already seen the release of the new Opera 9.5 client and will see the release of Firefox 3 on Tuesday and Internet Explorer 8 later this year. The interesting aspect is in my opinion if any of the clients will manage to grab market share from the others. Will Opera finally gain the recognition that it deserves or will it remain an insider tip supported by a loyal group of fans ?
What about Firefox 3? Will it continue to drive market shares away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer or will the expansion stop eventually ? And then we have the Internet Explorer 8 which has such a huge market share mainly because it's bundled with the operating system. Will Internet Explorer 8 be able to stop the fall ?
Here is what I think will happen. Opera will not gain a huge market share and remain a niche browser. It's a wonderful browser but it is somehow not accepted by the mass market. Firefox will gain some momentum and market share from Microsoft but it won't be able to drive Internet Explorer from its throne yet.
The release of Internet Explorer 8 will not change this trend. Can you imagine that Firefox users go back to Internet Explorer 8? Microsoft would have to deliver a faster, more secure and overall better browser to make this happen and who is believing that they can do that ? Internet Explorer 8 will be solid, will be compatible to web standards which is probably the biggest news for web developers.
What's your opinion? Which will it be for you?
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