Webkit, the browser engine for Apple's browser Safari, has had an incredible six months.
- First, the iPhone - the first mobile device with proper internet access that people like to use, based on Webkit
- Safari was released for Windows, and bundled with iTunes, ensuring a huge distribution
- Webkit is the foundation for Google's new mobile platform, Android, which will surely be massive next year
- Nokia uses Webkit for its Series 60 browser in its flagship smartphones
- The KHTML open source Linux developers announced they are merging back in to Webkit
From a standing start of 3% of browser market share at the start of the year, Safari is already up to more than 5%. I wouldn't be surprised if it reached 15% by the end of 2008, if its momentum (and Apple's) continues.
This is great for the internet. A popular open source project, a keen proponent of existing and forthcoming standards such as HTML5 and CSS3, the ability to innovate rapidly (including recently CSS animations and transformations!)
Good luck to Webkit for next year.