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Google has forged a deal to distribute Chrome in Sony PCs sold in North America, the company's first such deal with a PC vendor and one of a number of efforts to popularize the Internet browser....
...The Sony deal marks an important step for Chrome into PCs. Launched almost exactly a year ago, the browser has had a rough time against rivals such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox....
not sure, I only saw 2 in the past 13 years. One back in 1999 when marketing exec asked me for help connecting his CDRom to his Sony laptop - He did not get a job. And the other one was in a basement of the House that I lived in couple of years back. I saw it when the basement got flooded. I think it was called \/A¦0.
How does delivering a computer with two browsers (Chrome and IE, rather than the Windows default of IE only) remove user choice?
The choice will already be there by allowing the user a choice of browsers when installing Windows 7. I just hope this deal doesn't overide choice.
Google is talking with other PC vendors as well, and is seeking other ways to increase Chrome's market share
Sounds like Sony was a test run.
edit for typo
[edited by: mack at 12:34 am (utc) on Sep. 2, 2009]
For casual surfers, this isn't a big deal. For corporate users, it's a nightmare. You'd be amazed at how many company specific Java apps are floating around. If they don't work in a specific browser, then that browser is dead to corporate IT.
Chrome breaks more of these apps than any other browser out there. Which means it's dead to corporate IT.
Not that this should affect the Sony deal. Sony desktops are vanity machines, you don't see them in corporate circles, other than with senior execs who never actually use their machines, and the IT department doesn't actually devote any time to making sure they work.
Chrome was designed with "cloud computing" in mind, and for that purpose, it's great: An individual or corporate user can save a Google App as a shortcut on the Windows desktop and have it launch as an application without browser menus, toolbars, and other distractions.
If another browser works better for corporate Java applications, and if Java applications are important to the company or user, then it makes sense to use that browser in that environment.
Grelmar, the point of having multiple browsers available isn't just to have choice for choice's sake, but to use the best browser for a given task.
That's a nice theory, but unworkable in practice. "Joe User" won't use multiple browsers because one offers slight performance boosts in one area, and a different browser offers improved performance in others.
They'll use the one browser that works best, on average, over the span of their activities. If a browser fails to work for even one "mission critical" function, it might remain installed, but I can almost guarantee it will never be launched.
I'm not dissing Chrome. It's a funky little browser with lots of potential. But it isn't fully baked yet. Bundling it as the default browser with any hardware manufacturer is, IMHO, a mistake. It's going to lead to a lot of bad first impressions.
The type of people who post here are willing to play around with a new technology, warts and all, and are able to enjoy the wonder of "all the new possibilities" it opens up.
"Joe User" is not so awestruck. He needs a browser that works.
This Google deal, however, will send cash to Sony, and of course Google hopes to cash in...
Not the same thing...
"Joe User" won't use multiple browsers because one offers slight performance boosts in one area, and a different browser offers improved performance in others.
Earlier, you seemed to be talking about "Joe Corporation." There's no reason why Joe the corporate user even has to know that he's using Chrome if the IT person has set up a "cloud computing" application as a shortcut on Joe's Windows desktop. Joe can then happily use Google Docs (or whatever) while regarding IE or Firebox as his "browser" for general business Web surfing, looking at YouTube videos during his lunch hour, etc.
As for Chrome's not being fully baked, I wouldn't expect that of a browser that's five numbered versions behind IE. Still, I use Firefox, Opera, and Chrome routinely, with IE 8 when I have to, and I've got to say that I like Chrome best for 95 percent of what I do. In terms of text presentation and readability, it's better than Firefox or Opera and nearly as good (though not quite as good) as the more sluggish and more crash-prone Internet Explorer.