What most people doesn’t realise is that we’re talking about the battle to defend / conquer mainstream Internet here.
Imagine if Microsoft managed to dominate both the web browser and web server market. What’s going to happen ? Yes, they can define Internet “standards” all by their own, locking out alternatives and locking in their users in the same time.
Thankfully, Apache singlehandedly managed to avoid the webserver-domination scenario from happening.
Now Firefox has starting to reverse the Microsoft domination on the web-browser front. For our own sake, let’s hope they succeed before the next attempt from Microsoft arrived.