For everyone who ever thought that once Microsoft had a market by the throat that it would never lose significant market share, I present the news that Internet Explorer’s share of the world Web browser market has dropped to 49.8%. Finally!
While the Department of Justice couldn’t bust Microsoft’s Web browser monopoly even though it had won its antitrust suit against Microsoft, open-source software is finally cracking Microsoft’s once iron grip on Web browsers. Firefox and, more recently, Google with its Chrome Web browser have managed to pry Microsoft’s fingers from around users’ throat.
They did it the old-fashioned way: they delivered better products.