share of home browser usage may have fallen faster among home users
than corporate users, but the overall trend line is clear: increasing
numbers of Americans are taking advantage of the rich browser options
available to them, both at home and at work. As Microsoft's share of
the browser market falls further with each passing year--at an
apparently accelerating rate--the concerns about Microsoft's
"dominance" of the browser market that drove the Justice Department's
antitrust jihad against the company a decade ago seem increasingly
If nothing else, the increasing competitiveness of the
browser market should be a persistent reminder to those who advocate
top-down regulatory "fixes" to perceived iniquities of online markets
that competition and innovation may move faster than government
regulators or the courts.
My prediction for 2009: IE's overall
share will fall even further than it did in 2008, with particularly
strong growth in Google Chrome's market share.