Let's start with a confession: Maxthon is my default browser.
Not that I don't like Firefox - it's great, but I just got used to Maxthon and I find it's mouse gentures options very useful.
There's a downside in terms of toolbars integration and a variety of community plugins, but it's going to change, as I learned from the fresh Maxthon blog:
First, more than 40m clients have been downloaded. This gets close to a critical mass point, where the many "Maxthoned" eyeballs will have their effect on developers. The new ver 2.0 should present a revamped design and a more friendly look - and I'm waiting anxiously for its release (when?).
Second, a recent opinion claims that the Chinese are going to take over Web 2.0. Maxthon is Chinese in blood, and eventually very popular in China.
Combined together - we might envisage a powerfull Chinese web 2.0 energyball forged, driven and aided by Maxthon.
It's an interesting thought to follow, as we witness the astonishing rise of modern China. Being a little Sinophile (I visited there in '95), I could see the potential.
Time for confession #2: I happen to be able to test a very cool Chinese "sort of Web 2.0" project that's soon going out on beta, and I've been thoroughly impressed, not to mention "blown out".