Chrome – Further Evidence Google is Taking Over

MaxPower September 3rd, 2008

I said here that I was going to try the new Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, which I didn’t, ironically because the site wouldn’t let me download it – good job Microsoft.

Then yesterday I read the news that Google published its new ‘web browser’ Chrome designed in a typical Google fashion.

Here is an interesting side by side comparison between Chrome and IE8, which would have been better if they would have included Firefox 3 and Safari, but this is MSNBC we are talking about, so beggars can’t be choosers. Bottom line according to a Microsoft JV’d press centre:

Internet Explorer 8 probably holds more excitement and interest for Web developers and IT managers than everyday Web users. Microsoft has added a lot under the hood to make IE 8 beefier in terms of security and Web development tools.

But for those of us who want a fast, no-nonsense Web-browsing experience, Chrome is a terrific option. Its ease of use does take some getting used to — imagine that! — and it’s an appealing entry into the competitive Web browsing market.

More interesting is this ZDNet article on why Chrome will “take over the world”, and then by proxy Google. It is no secret that I fear the power Google has become with its apparently infinite ability to churn out new and useful products as well as its similarly infinite ability and desire to control all of the world’s data. And Chrome looks and sounds like an OS trojan horse, a way onto the desktop if you will, the reverse of what Microsoft has tried (unsuccessfully) to do.

The way Chrome will allow users to run and manage applications without an OS’ intervention could mean the beginning of the end for the days of Vista’s bloatware.

If some of the OS functionality is within the browser then there will be a demand for a more anorexic OS running underneath.

Anyone tried it out yet?

Oh and 5 reasons why Chrome will suck.

  • *sigh* I’ve been publicly (at least on twitter) annoyed at Chrome since yesterday. Does the world need more browsers? Really?!

    Great. So whatever I have tried it, and it IS fast, no question. Slightly different conventions, ie: tabs on top, and being able to turn any web page into an “application” is “neat”.

    Also, it’s build ontop of WebKit (what Safari and others including googles upcoming mobile browser with Android use to render pages). So at the very least it should be web developer friendly; however it’s still another browser to test on if it gains momentum.

    I also heard that just for stats from yesterday Google Chrome gained a 2% marketshare, which is simply insane fast! People are also saying it could well gain upto 20% within 2 years. Whatever.

    I struggle to care when a new web browser comes out theses days, because the old browsers keep staying around (IE6 for example), and until those go away real progression on the web will stagnate.

  • That’s very true, website development isn’t always about the latest and greatest, trying to keep up standards for older browsers will negatively impact design and functionality.

    But on the bright side, if we conduct a linear extrapolation of Chrome’s market share (gaining 2%/day) then they will have 100% market share in another 49 days! Yay!

    Wait, what?

    The last link there about the other google apps which haven’t caught on is a good point, at least to the extent that gmail and googledocs is a bit more niche…

  • My two cents…it’s nice, it’s fast, but who cares outside of the nerd-world? Are office wage donkey’s going to switch? Nope. Will your grandma switch? Nope. Is it going to make the painful IE6 go away any faster? Nope. Will it gain traction? Sure some people will switch, but unless they really hate what they currently use, then not likely. They’ll try it, twitter about it, talk about it in blogs (heh), and then head right back to their old ways.

  • I’ll comment when they release a Mac version… … “when”…

    Besides, as D4V stated, why another browser when all the previous ones are sticking around? I’m comfortable with what I’m using and therefore, will not (yes, I said it an meant it) adopt another browser. There is simply no point.

    What annoys me is the fact that the list of browsers that web designers/developers have to test in, continues to grow. Sort of.

  • Google Chrome is really fast!

    Now I can sort 200,000 records inside of Browser (Chrome) just in 1 sec. (Faster than Microsoft Excel):

    http://www.ardentedge.com/ex_if.htm

  • I too am faced with the sad state of affairs around Internet Explorer 6, and its longevity as a browser. I guess the old adage that the devil you know if better than the devil you don’t. I agree with So-Co in that it will be just another test environment, and just another headache when trying to deliver content to the web.

    I have tried Chrome and its ok, it seems a lot simpler and less feature rich than other browsers (probably a good thing) but it will be interesting to see where Google takes it.