Way back in the 90's Microsoft rose to power with the brilliance of their Windows Operating system. It made using a computer easy to use and visually appealing. In the late 90's two guys from Standford launched a tiny search engine called BackRub, which eventually became Google.
Today, in 2005, Both Google and Microsoft dominate their perspective business space. Google owns search, and Microsoft owns the Operating system market.
How is this going to change?
Consider how far the Internet has progressed in the past 10 years. Back then, the Internet was used for email, and for the Military and Universities alike to store information that could be accessed easily by anyone with a connection to the web. Fast forward to today, and you have online banking, e-commerce, podcasting, movie trailers, mp3 files and just about any other type of digital media available on the Internet. There is no longer a need to be "stuck" with Windows or MAC. All you need is a browser - and the browser will be the official "Operating System" of the internet.
From my browser not only can I access the universe of information, but I don't need to worry about if it's on a PC or MAC. A HTML page doesn't care if you have a Dell computer, a G5, or web tv. All it cares about is rendering out images and text in a logical format. This is truly where the revolution has only begun with Mozilla's FireFox, and Microsoft's Internet Explore hopes to catch up with. An while all of this is going on Google isn't just waiting around. They quietly bought the domain name called "gbrowser.com" - which would seem to indicate that they are working on their own version of a browser (with the help of Mozilla) to compete. Stay tuned to this upcoming battle, as whoever emerges victorious will be in the best position to truly monopolize the Internet.