• http://searchengineland.com Aaron Wall

    Ahead of the Firefox deal Google was likely advertising Chrome so aggressively that they were losing money on the ads, so that they would show a higher growth rate and have greater leverage over Firefox when re-negotiating a search deal. After that deal went through for another 3 years Google lost some incentive to aggressively market Chrome (since they are spending nearly a million Dollars a day on the Firefox deal).

  • http://borasky-research.net/ M. Edward Borasky

    I don’t normally run Windows, and when I do, I almost always run Chrome. But I’m a bit surprised that Firefox is losing share to IE. Firefox has nearly erased the gap with Chrome, and in some cases it’s actually better.

  • http://www.digitalclimb.com D.C.

    Interesting theory.. I guess we will have to wait and see if an actual trend develops. I’m guessing a one time blip on the screen.

  • Jonatha

    Another way to look at this is that Google penalized Chrome for a REASON…meaning that the previous numbers were artifically inflated and the current ones more accurately reflect usage.

  • http://www.glenncameronjr.com Glenn Cameron

    Old people use IE and they are looking to vote. I bet you it drops after the election.

  • http://www.mosaictec.com Sarah

    I was surprised when I initially read that Google was going to limit Chrome, one of its own services. It does promote good rapport for Google as a company – treating its own products and services the same as its competitors. What could have been a PR disaster for Google was well handled, keeping with its “Don’t be evil” mantra.

    Sarah