In the past years the technology of Microstrip Gas Chambers (MSGC) has made considerable progress offering a variety of possible new applications in various fields of research. MSGC are used to detect neutrons, X-rays, synchrotron radiation and VUV light as well as the full range of ionizing particles in nuclear and high energy physics. A variety of systematic studies led to a considerable increase in understanding of the functional principle and limiting parameters of the MSGC technology and enabled improved performances. In view of the large (HERA-B) and very large (CMS) detector systems planning to use MSGC in intense hadronic particle fluxes, the question of radiation hardness and long-term stability is of special importance. The problem of micro discharges, induced by heavy ionizing particles and destroying the electrode structure, turned out to be a major limitation to the applicability of MSGC in hadronic beams and demanded for new and revised solutions. The present status and future perspectives of the various technologies are discussed.