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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Talking Microsoft Edge and Vivaldi: is there space in the market for new browsers
I have been running the Windows 10 technical Preview for a few months on my slow old netbook. They have been including early looks at their new browser originally called Spartan now officially known as Edge. I've also downloaded and spent some time with Vivaldi a new browser from some of the original people who worked on Opera.
Project Spartan toolbar
Is there room in the browser space for new players?
Throughout the history of the web there has been great fluidity in the browser world. Netscape ruled the early world of the web. Then Internet explorer conquered all. At one point in the early 2000s IE had 95% market share. You could have looked at that and just assumed it was over and the browser for all time had been found. But as we know, that is not what happened. Along came Firefox and then IE's market share fell and fell. Firefox stood tall until Chrome came and started chipping away at Firefox. Current statistics show a somewhat diverse landscape. Chrome is dominant at around 50% market share with the rest largely split between IE and Firefox. Though the smaller plays such as Safari still have their niches. What we learn is that people don't stay with the default. Many normal people will actively choose and download a new browser. Even my Mom downloaded Firefox.
Why is the browser space so volatile?
What will it take to succeed in the browser space?