Why I asked you that question? Well, that's because from 6 people I asked about Chrome, only one said he knew about Google's web browser. But even that particular person hasn't even tried Chrome yet till now. And those 6 people I've asked, are not geeks nor bloggers, they're just ordinary office workers & housewives. ;-p
That little survey of mine maybe doesn't exactly tell how the search giant's new web browser is struggling to gain popularity among average computer users, but you'll probably will more believe it if the survey is a market data from online research firm Net Applications on web browsers market share:
- Internet Explorer at 71.27%
- Mozilla's Firefox at 19.97%
- Safari at 6.57%
- Opera at 0.75%
- Chrome now at the bottom with only 0.74%
Although the reality of Chrome market share is not looking so good, but Google sees it with a more positive point of view. On an interview with Times Online, Google Vice President of Product Management Sundar Pichai revealed that Chrome will be ready to come out of “beta” testing by January next year, and that the search giant was aiming to make Chrome available for Mac & Linux computers in the first half of 2009.
Further more, Pichai also explained the main reason on why Google seems to be holding back to promote Chrome is because of timing tactic. Pichai said: “We will throw our weight behind it. We’ve been conservative because its still in beta, but once we get it out of beta we will work hard at getting the word out, promoting to users, and marketing will be a part of that.”
Pichai then pointed out Google's next biggest plan to make Chrome as a serious contender against IE: “We could work with an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and have them ship computers with Chrome pre-installed.” Google is following the sleazy tactic which Microsoft has used all these time to make IE as the industry standard; preinstalled it inside Windows OS that comes along with new PCs.
If Google can really pull off that trick for Chrome and beat Microsoft's IE, then it would be great for every end users like you and me; because the balance of power finally get to be restored. The last thing we need is another huge evil company to dominate our mobile world...
And for one last thing, I'm actually surprised to hear that Google has finally decided to make one of its many great Beta products to become non-Beta, in other words a fully working and official software. ;-p
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