I loved the Oddpost product – the only reason I stopped using it is because my online life now predominantly resides on a Mac, which at this stage is not supported by Oddpost (I’m not bitching btw – this is a fact of life that, as a web developer, I am more than willing to accept). More importantly I am really happy for the team that built the product – Ethan and Iain and the ever responsive support person Debbie, and the rest of the team that built in a wicked spam filter and slaved over browser bugs and performance bottle-necks to build an awesome web-based app, one that I think sets the standard, and probably will remain that way for a few years, on what can be done in a browser-based application.
As Mozilla matures and starts to introduce enhanced application-development features, perhaps the landscape will change. But at the moment, to deliver the rich experience that Oddpost does, Microsoft still owns the space with ~90% of the browser market (in terms of installed base). So, I don’t think they’ll be quaking in their boots just yet. But I’m sure they’re thinking hard about they’re next move, but it seems that Avalon and .NET are where they’re heading. What does that mean for the “browser”? Less development, less features, and a shift of those features from the browser into technologies like Avalon. Whether developers will buy it, who knows. Certainly is an interesting time though…