Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 06:54 UTC, submitted by Renai LeMay
Google The browser wars may just become a little bit more interesting. Apart from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari, another player is ready to join the field in what will most probably be released as a beta - you know, company policy - for the upcoming 23 years: Chrome. It's a webkit-based browser from Google. Update: It's out there, folks.
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RE: me 2.0
by Kroc on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 08:27 UTC in reply to "me 2.0"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

What? No. The [probable] lack of extensions is going to mean a lack of uptake in certain crowds. Google Chrome is going to eat almost exclusively into IE's market share.

People will even use more than one browser interchangeably, as suits needs.

I think this browser is just going to bring more diversity, and *much* more pressure on Microsoft and Adobe to clean up their act and get with it. IE8 is still a terrible browser as far as standards/javascript go, where as Firefox/Opera/Safari/Chrome are not.

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RE[2]: me 2.0
by PJBonoVox on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 08:46 in reply to "RE: me 2.0"
PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

Are you sure about that? I don't know a single person who would admit to using more than one browser except in the (extremely rare now) cases that a site is 'IE' only, for example.

Plus I'm still not sure that the general public know the difference between IE and Firefox and how it affects their browsing experience and also the general 'ethics' of the situation (standards compliance, for example). I can't help thinking a lot just use it because their resident geek told them it was safer.

But I certainly agree about it eating Microsoft's market share rather than Mozilla's or Opera's. It's amazing how many people are lost without Adblock these days.

Edited 2008-09-02 08:49 UTC

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RE[3]: me 2.0
by Kroc on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 08:55 in reply to "RE[2]: me 2.0"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I use Firefox & Safari interchangeably. If I'm developing with Firefox, I use Safari for general off-the-side browsing, so that if Firefox leaks or crashes, I don't lose my other unrelated stuff. This behaviour could even be solved by Chrome's process-per-tab that would allow a crash to cleanly exit without taking the whole browser down.

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RE[3]: me 2.0
by Soulbender on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 09:13 in reply to "RE[2]: me 2.0"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Plus I'm still not sure that the general public know the difference between IE and Firefox


No, but I'm sure they know who Google is and "Google is coming out with a browser" is going to have significant impact on them.

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RE[3]: me 2.0
by michi on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 09:38 in reply to "RE[2]: me 2.0"
michi Member since:
2006-02-04

Plus I'm still not sure that the general public know the difference between IE and Firefox and how it affects their browsing experience and also the general 'ethics' of the situation (standards compliance, for example). I can't help thinking a lot just use it because their resident geek told them it was safer.


Most German newspapers already have articles about the new Google browsers on their webpages, for example Sueddeutsche, Der Spiegel and FAZ. They are not aimed at computer science persons or geeks. A lot of people will hear about Chrome and since so many people already use Google, a lot of people will try out Chrome. I think Chrome will be a serious contender in the browser market and I think more competition is always a good thing.

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RE[3]: me 2.0
by jimwmiller on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 10:17 in reply to "RE[2]: me 2.0"
jimwmiller Member since:
2008-04-20

Perhaps my point was missed. It's certainly not that I like IE (as I am writing this from my Mac/Firefox). But there is a reason Firefox, while far better than IE, still has the bulk of the marketshare. People like my grandma are NOT going to install a browser even if it is the best thing ever. So, that's my point. IE comes with the PC and unless I go an install something different for her, that's the browser that will get used. So, people wanting "something better" might try Chrome. But I certainly don't expect it to be the IE crowd. And Kroc, you are using Firefox and Safari and are interested in Chrome. My grandma... well not so much. So tell me again why IE will lose more than firefox?

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RE[3]: me 2.0
by Adurbe on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 10:43 in reply to "RE[2]: me 2.0"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

i use firefox and ie 7 at work and safari at home

ie Iuse more than one browser

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