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Google Chrome

A fresh take on the browser

Google Chrome

We spend so much time doing our day to day activities on the web, namely, from banking to finding a spouse. The browser is quickly becoming the entry point app to these everyday activities. It traditionally has been and still is Microsoft’s backyard. With Internet Explorer commanding 74% of the browser market, with Firefox at 19% and Safari, at a distant third with 6% marketshare; Google’s Chrome may not have much traction to start off with. Plus Firefox and Safari do get monetary incentives as a result of search boxes in both browsers defaulting to Google search. 

I am not sold as to Google’s track record with software. Only Gmail is successful. The rest of them have languished without much traction. It remains to be seen if ” Chrome” will fare any better.

Some of the technical aspects of the new browser are impressive. It is based on Webkit and open source to boot!

I certainly like “tabs” that do not take up any more of the viewable window space along with the myriad other toolbars and what not. Alas, as a mac user, I will have to wait a while before I use one.

Urge Ugghh!

Another iTunes competitior falls flat on the face when competiting with Apple’s store cum music player combo. Read the review here. It supposedly does a worse job than the other players in the field such as Yahoo and Napster!

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via Rob Hyndman.

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Desperate measures

Hot on the heels of the antitrust hearings in Europe comes another potential troublemaker for Microsoft. This time the affected party is none other than Google itself, and the bone of contention seems to be the same piece of software that started the antitrust hearings, namely the default browser – Internet Explorer.

Google, the fast-rising Internet star, is raising objections to the way that it says Microsoft, the incumbent powerhouse of computing, is wielding control over Internet searching in its new Web browser.

This tiny piece of screen real estate that people type their search queries into has been hogged by Microsoft’s own search engine in the latest iteration of the browser that is IE 7. Google seems to be really miffed and has in fact taken things a step ahead and has informed the Justice department and The European Union about Microsoft’s latest underhand tactics.

To be honest I personally dont think this is going to make any serious dent in Google’s search lead. Of note is the fact that the default search engine in Safari is Google and it cannot be easily changed by the user.Wonder whether MS will kick up a fuss about that.

Read it here.

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