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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RE[2]: Momentary - the URL/Search bar
by jabbotts on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 22:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Momentary"
jabbotts
Member since:
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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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

It's not really anything new, I know. But Microsoft Search sucks, IE6 sucks, and to be honest, I didn't even know it had such feature. Put that feature in an actually good browser, have it use a good search and POOF, you do have something useful and powerful.

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Damnshock Member since:
2006-09-15

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 agree. Although I have to say that my firefox does also search at google whenever I type down any word on the location bar...

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elmimmo Member since:
2005-09-17

True. It was indeed a nice feature when IE introduced it (after tweaking it use Google). I did miss it when I switched to the Mac.

Chrome's location bar enhances it, if you want, live suggesting domains and keywords as you type.

Although after getting some, I long for more: Inquisitor-like live results for web pages (title+fragment) as well as information like "weather in Barcelona", "10 USD in RMB", "sqrt -1" or "define:Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious").

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

So it's the combination of Google Search on the internet side and polished implementation on the local browser side. I'll have to look at that more then.

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