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Web Winners and Losers in 2009

Dec 19, 2009, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"As we turn the corner to 2010, Mozilla is seeing massive breakthrough success as a mainstream browser, but is going to be struggling with Google for market share in 2010. According to some stats, Firefox lost market share in November to Chrome. It's too early to say that's a solid trend, but if I were making predictions for 2010, I'd say that Firefox and Chrome will be in a dead heat by July for market share. If Microsoft is smart, it'll back Mozilla and start talks to replace Google as the default search engine when the Google/Mozilla deal expires in 2011.

"Firefox 3.6 is supposed to ship this year, but with another beta released this week, it seems unlikely to make it out the door before 2010.

"Firefox 3.5 was released in June of this year and has been a solid release, but most of the real excitement around Mozilla this year has been from Mozilla Labs. Weave has been nearing a release, JetPack is gaining interest, and Ubiquity's interface for working with Web tasks will help Firefox leapfrog the competition if it gets into a widespread release."

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