Writing for eWeek, columnist Jim Rapoza believes that Microsoft's XP-only security upgrade to Internet Explorer will send millions of users to other browsers, making the browser market competitive again:
For the first time in years, IE's market share has dropped slightly. But I predict that this trickle will soon become a full-fledged torrent.
In fact, I fully expect that, a year from now, IE's market share will be below 75 percent.
I've been using Firefox for a while, finding it vastly superior to Internet Explorer. The browser opens pages in new tabs rather than new windows, can bookmark all open pages with a single bookmark, and offers keyword shortcuts that can initiate searches on any site from the browser's address bar.
For example, I can type find Microsoft Bob to load a Google search results page for the text Microsoft Bob and info Sinclair Lewis to view pages related to the author on the InfoPlease reference site. A shortcut can be set up for any Web site where search terms appear in a page URL.