Google Inc has rolled out a new version of its Chrome Web browser and a version of the Mac browser for mainstream users will be available within months, as the company moves to double Chrome's market share.
Almost exactly one year into Google's high-profile entry into the browser market dominated by Microsoft Corp, the Internet search giant is a distant No. 4, with a market share of roughly 2.8 percent.
"If at the two-year birthday we're not at least 5 percent (market share), I will be exceptionally disappointed. And if at the three year birthday we're not at 10 percent, I will be exceptionally disappointed," Chrome Engineering Director Linus Upson said.
Only a few more months and We'll be on Google Chrome 8!
Considering virtually everything else in Google-land lives in a perpetual state of Beta-ness, I'm wondering why Chrome gets to advance entire version numbers by leaps and bounds with no significant change.
10% market share in 3 years from launch would be quite an impressive feat. It does sound a little optimistic, where are they going to find those additional users? All of the major browser vendors are pushing hard, and unless google come up with something particulary impressive or sneaky I can't see it happening.
Looked at a couple of "what's new" lists including on the official G blog [googleblog.blogspot.com] and still no password security.
To me security features should be a top priority. I mean, who really cares if a browser is faster? I mean come on. For $1000 I can go out and get a major upgrade kit (processor, memory, mobo) that will make the slowest browser faster than the whatever I run on my current machine.
But if there are fundamental security flaws, I can't fix that with hardware and money. I can only fix that by using a browser with better security. From what I've read, in current releases, Opera leads the way, followed by IE and Firefox, followed by Safari and then Chrome.
Until that order changes, Chrome is just a toy and I would never visit my bank accounts or anything like that with it.