I have to say I’m starting to become surprised. The Firefox phenomenon just doesn’t seem to want to slow down as is apparent with them breaking the 18 million download mark. The upstart browser is now the #1 used browser for my blog and seems to be climbing every week. While it still has some issues with Flash on OS X, all-in-all I’m very satisfied with the 1.0 release and I’m assuming a large majority of the 18 million or so people that downloaded it are as well.
I know I’ve been covering Firefox quite a bit on this blog lately, but I really feel that this could be the beginning of a real interesting situation a year or two down the road. I feel a lot of people still using IE are doing so in the thought that IE7 will take care of all the current problems and they’d rather wait it out than take the time to migrate to a new browser. If this does not happen however, I think there is going to be a huge second movement to Firefox if the open-source browser continues to make improvements on its already solid foundation.
The exposure has been amazing and the hype has pretty much been fulfilled. The next step from Microsoft could really be the defining moment.