I have been watching browser statistics on our company sites lately – they were quite accurate of being able to predict the browser usage for 1.5 years ahead of time for general population – and Mozilla accounts for about of 55% of the hits.
That is the time the FLexzilla suppose to be released in the wild. Also, within 9 month, Apollo have to be released with similar functionality – joining Web and Flash functionality in a single, small network application platform. Compatibility will be crucial , with an ability to run the same code base, with or without Apollo extension (disconnected mode, pocket server, etc.). If done right, performance would further drive adoption rate for Mozilla. And Flash as XUL platform will give Mozilla necessary advatage in terms of richness and performance. That is all for greater good of humans.
What does it mean for developers like you and me?
It took me 6 month to get used to missing eval() – and in the end in our Flex apps we have an ability to send arbitrary ActionScript to server, compile it and execute it on the client – within subsecond.
It’s going to be another fun year and a half, with a lot of opportunities and new ideas.