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[3]: me 2.0
by jimwmiller on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 10:17 UTC 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[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[5]: me 2.0
by jimwmiller on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 11:02 in reply to "RE[4]: me 2.0"
jimwmiller Member since:
2008-04-20

You may be right. I certainly don't mean to discredit the "average person", but even my father (who is far more technical than most) would never have installed firefox. I did it for him because he was having problems with popups several years ago. But he never uses the plugins, themes or anything like that. Neither he (nor my grandma) for that matter are in anyway dumb. And I hope that my comments don't come across as such. But they only use the internet for very specific things (such as email) and could care less about things like process based tabs. But time will tell... perhaps I'm missing something.

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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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