Chrome Comes Out of Beta with 10 Million Users

As was reported yesterday, Google's browser Chrome is coming out of beta -- a mere 100 days after it was introduced. When I commented to Sundar Pichai, Product VP, that this had to be one of the fastest exits from beta for Google in recent memory he explained that "Google has a very traditional approach to our client software products," meaning it accelerates the process of getting them to a general release. There were suggestions on the TechCrunch blog that third parties were potentially exerting pressure on or encouraging Google to hurry up the general release of Chrome. I asked Pich [...]


Search Engine Land’s Chrome Usage 10%: Share Yours

Michael Arrington noticed that Google Analytics is now showing "Chrome" as a browser in the reports. TechCrunch's Chrome usage for yesterday was 6.23%, our's was 10.10%. What is yours? Here is a chart of the browser types for Search Engine Land: Notice, Firefox is first, then Internet Explorer and then Chrome, followed by Safari. How about my other search blog, the Search Engine Roundtable? Well, it is very similar to Search Engine Land, with Firefox leading, then Internet Explorer and then Chrome. But our Chrome usage was only 6.87%. And my personal blog, Cartoon Barry has Intern [...]


10 Key Features That Differentiate Google’s Chrome From Firefox & IE

Google's has released its own open-source browser, Chrome, in direct competition to Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Yesterday, Danny described his test-drive of Chrome in Searching With Google Chrome & Omnibox and Greg speculated on its future in How Bright Is The Outlook For Chrome?. Both compared Google's new browser to the incumbents, Firefox and Internet Explorer. But Chrome is actually very different from those two browsers, and significantly different from nearly everything else on the market. Here are the 10 major features that truly differentiate Google Chrome from the competi [...]


How Bright Is The Outlook For Chrome?

Most of the tech journalists in the San Francisco Bay Area were at Google this morning for a briefing and demo of Chrome. Danny earlier posted lots of detail on the search dimensions of Chrome. And there are quite a few posts and articles about features and first impressions. Walt Mossberg has a long review on AllThingsD, based on his comparisons of Chrome with other browsers for the past week. CNET offers a close read of the terms of service and a Chrome javascript speed test. Chrome's objective, according to Google, is to make web browsing more productive, secure, faster and more stable. [...]


Searching With Google Chrome & Omnibox

Now that Google Chrome is live, I spent some time looking at the search features within it, especially to see -- as I did recently with Internet Explorer 8 -- whether Google was going to try to stack the deck in its own favor. Like Microsoft, Google's playing it straight. As for search features, I'm mixed on whether I like the new "Omnibox" feature that combines a browser's address bar and search box into one single area. After doing the install, Chrome checks to see what the default search engine is for the browser you're currently using. Then it confirms if you want to stick with [...]


Waiting For Google Chrome To Launch

Obviously the big story of yesterday and today in the technology world is the impending launch of Google's open-source browser Chrome. It will likely be available for download here later today. (TechCrunch and Google Blogoscoped have a few screenshots.) There are dozens and dozens of stories on Techmeme. Most of the coverage, from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, focuses on several themes: Google going directly after Microsoft (browser wars redux); it's even being called a "windows killer" by some Google trying to guarantee access to its search box Google now competing [...]


Google Chrome – Google’s Finally Launching Its Own Browser

So much for a quiet Labor Day off. Google Blogoscoped has news of Google Chrome, a new browser that Google plans to release. More coverage can also be found on Techmeme. No -- it's not just a rumor. Google tells me that it is indeed a real browser it plans to release. Expect more news to come when we're back at things on a normal schedule tomorrow. Postscript Barry Schwartz: The Google Blog now has a posted on the news. Basically, the Google browser is coming out in Beta for Windows users tomorrow. [...]


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