Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 17:04 UTC
In the News NetApplications has released its latest browser market share figures, and these figures show that Chrome has overtaken Safari as the number three browser worldwide, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox. IE, by the way, continues to lose popularity rather fast.
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Momentary
by sigzero on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 17:55 UTC
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2006-01-03

I am sure there are a lot of ppl like me on that Mac that just wanted to see what all the hubbub was about and then promptly deleted it.

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RE: Momentary
by darknexus on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 18:06 in reply to "Momentary"
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2008-07-15

Well, you can count me among that group. Still, I doubt the betas were the main rise in any case. Safari held its number three position for one reason, it's the default browser on OS X and an excellent one at that. A lot of Mac users, myself included, stick to Safari because there is really no need to look elseware. It supports all the modern web standards (via Webkit) and has a pretty nice UI on the Mac side.
However, Safari for Windows is nothing to brag about, and Windows still has the majority of the desktop market. I don't think Chrome will rise much on the Mac, but it could easily stay at #3 or even go higher for the simple reason that there are more Windows users than Mac users... and, when it comes to a browser that works with modern standards, Windows users are forced to look elseware other than their default. With Google advertising Chrome on their home page now, what do you think a lot of people are going to try first?

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RE[2]: Momentary
by wargum on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 13:19 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
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2006-12-15

What I absolutly can't stand about Safari is the suggestions implementation in input fields. FF rules here, IMHO. Haven't tried Chrome yet, though. The last Opera version I tried was pre 10, so maybe it's gotten better there.

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RE: Momentary
by SlackerJack on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 18:08 in reply to "Momentary"
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2005-11-12

Yes, just like Apple's arrogance claiming Safari is: "The world's best web browser" and "The world's fastest web browser".

Chrome is a good web browser on more platforms and obviously Linux is helping their market share. Google are smart with a lot less arrogance.

Edited 2010-01-02 18:09 UTC

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RE[2]: Momentary
by mgl.branco on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 19:11 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
mgl.branco Member since:
2009-07-22

Chrome is a good web browser on more platforms and obviously Linux is helping their market share.


I use linux and I've recently swicthed from FF to Chromium: faster and cleaner interface.

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RE[2]: Momentary
by Kroc on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 19:38 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

All browser vendors talk crap, it’s called marketing. Heck, even Microsoft are claiming that “it’s a tie” when it comes to speed http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/get-the-facts/br...

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RE[2]: Momentary
by sorpigal on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 19:53 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Chrome does tabs wrong (open at FAR RIGHT OF LIST, thanks) and there's no option to change it. There are no options for a lot of common things you can normally control. There are no extensions.

Firefox wins again!

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RE: Momentary
by David on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 18:20 in reply to "Momentary"
David Member since:
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I, on the other hand, eagerly awaited Chrome on the Mac, and since I installed it, I haven't even launched FF or Safari. For me, the integrated address and search bar is the killer feature.

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RE[2]: Momentary
by WereCatf on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 18:30 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
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2006-02-15

For me, the integrated address and search bar is the killer feature.

I love it myself, too. A separate search box/bar is redundant. But well, there's a lot of reasons why I like Chrome and I am not really surprised it's gaining in momentum. Sure, it is not anything absolutely grounds-breaking or such, but it is stable, fast, doesn't pack unneeded stuff with it, and it looks very clean.

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RE[2]: Momentary
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 18:59 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

If I could, I would probably ask Chrome to marry me, sleep with her, and make her pregnant.

I really like Chrome. It's like Google's engineers implanted a thought transmitter chip in my brain, recorded all my thoughts on browsers, and designed Chrome accordingly.

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RE[2]: Momentary
by kaiwai on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 00:13 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
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2005-07-06

I, on the other hand, eagerly awaited Chrome on the Mac, and since I installed it, I haven't even launched FF or Safari. For me, the integrated address and search bar is the killer feature.


For me it is process separation and plugin isolation. That feature alone is worth moving away from Safari and Firefox. I understand it is being developed for Firefox but by the time it is made available - it is at least a year at the earliest from being released.

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RE[2]: Momentary
by abraxas on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 17:02 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
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2005-07-07

I, on the other hand, eagerly awaited Chrome on the Mac, and since I installed it, I haven't even launched FF or Safari. For me, the integrated address and search bar is the killer feature.


I love having an integrated search and address bar. That's why I have been using epiphany on Linux for ages now. It's also lighter than FF.

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RE[2]: Momentary
by phoenix on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 19:19 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
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2005-07-11

For me, the integrated address and search bar is the killer feature.


You realise that Firefox has had that since the 2.x days, right? Just set your preferred search engine in the preferences, and type away in the address bar. If you have Google set as the default, you're taken to the results page. If you have "I'm feeling lucky" set, it goes to the first page listed in the results.

I'm pretty sure it's the same with IE since the 7.x days.

Not sure about the other browsers.

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RE: Momentary
by elmimmo on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 21:41 in reply to "Momentary"
elmimmo Member since:
2005-09-17

On the Mac, I am holding onto Safari. Does not mean I feel its great, just that the alternative is not there yet.

Firefox' UI is slow. SLOW. I cannot stress that enough. It still pretends to integrate with the OS, rather than actually doing (opening zip files with Stuff It? That diplodocus has never been even installed).

Chrome is still beta and it shows.

Still, I *need* certain Firefox extensions (Rikaichan mostly). I love both Firefox' smart keywords and Chrome's keyword search. The search engine field now feels in the way after using Chrome's location bar.

Safari's location bar feels now so… restrictive. It good for nothing but entering URLs!

The moment Chrome gets those Firefox' extensions I need, while keeping its UI's speed and OS integration, bye-bye Safari.

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RE[2]: Momentary - the URL/Search bar
by jabbotts on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 22:01 in reply to "RE: Momentary"
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2007-09-06

Not to direct this at you specifically but it's the second mention of search through the Chrome URL field. Why is this so revolutionary for Chrome when IE has done it since at least v6 if not previous to that. Google Chrome searched through Google Search. Microsoft IE search through Microsoft Search. Is it somehow implemented differently?

This is a mostly honest question for the general audience. Is there something in the implementation I'm not seeing or am I really being tickled by the irony that the feature is revolutionary when Google does it but not so much when MS does it much earlier. I am probably missing something.

(I always did wonder why they first split out the search field when I'd been getting that effect from the URL field already.)

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RE: Momentary
by Soulbender on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 08:24 in reply to "Momentary"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Yeah, that was what I too did when I tried Safari.

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RE: Momentary
by NeoX on Mon 4th Jan 2010 15:29 in reply to "Momentary"
NeoX Member since:
2006-02-19

I am sure there are a lot of ppl like me on that Mac that just wanted to see what all the hubbub was about and then promptly deleted it.


Exactly. Although I did not install it for Mac when I found out there is a helper app installed with it. Google and Privacy is a joke so I am no longer using most google services.

Scroogle I say.

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