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[2]: me 2.0
by PJBonoVox on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 08:46 UTC 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[4]: me 2.0
by sbergman27 on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 15:42 in reply to "RE[3]: me 2.0"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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.

What's a browser? You mean The Internet? Google is coming out with their own The Internet? Wow! I'll ask the kid down the street to put it on my computer.

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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"
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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[4]: me 2.0
by Kroc on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 10:35 in reply to "RE[3]: me 2.0"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Because Firefox *proved* that people are willing to download a new browser. Non technical people. Regular people. Grandmas. Because I've seen them in my travels as a repairman. Mozilla hear from them in letters.

You are discrediting users to think that getting/using Firefox is above them.

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RE[4]: me 2.0
by chemical_scum on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 22:51 in reply to "RE[3]: me 2.0"
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

So tell me again why IE will lose more than firefox?


Firefox users normally have a set up where they have the addons they need integrated and are relatively loath to change their web browser. Most, like myself, will try it but will only change if there are real advantages to Chrome in terms of functionality, reliability and speed.

On the other hand most people use Google. Google are the experts in targeted web advertising. Thus they will be able to market their Browser to people who have never thought of switching to Firefox and who have never even heard of it. Google can market it as giving the best possible Google experience and many default IE users who are regular Google users may switch on this basis

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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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