Yeah, great big woop!
It’s simply yet another browser with a number of cool features which the big boys
will rip off duplicate over time.
To anyone who truly thinks Chrome will beat Internet Explorer for market share over time.
Get your head out of your backside. I respectfully disagree with that assessment.
Until Apple start making machines that are
not just for the pretentious who like to live in walled gardens within the realms of affordability for the average person with a brain that equates value to expenditure, Linux becomes intuitive and friendly enough that ordinary people other than those with no social/sex lives and the social skills of a dead gnat like my grandmother can use it, and until Microsoft stops making operating systems and shipping IE (keep smoking that shit if you believe that’s going to happen because Elvis is still buying Taco’s. No really he is!), is that EVER going to happen!!
Here’s the thing that most people are missing when they are talking aboutusage levels:
That’s right, it’s the early adopters, like you dear readers, who are using Chrome and we’re all doing it just to check it out and see what it’s like.
Some sites such as Profy and The Inquistr are reporting this, for others it is conveniently or unintentionally ignored in their zealousness to report of the next “cool thing” or the next IE killer!
Will we stick with it? Probably a few of us will, but most of us will eventually return to our usual everyday browser until Chrome becomes more feature complete.
Look at it this way, can you honestly tell me that people who useare going to live without their extensions? Will users of other browsers willingly abandon all their plugins and widgets? I’d bet my left nut against it!
The only real place Chrome will steal market share from (for any considerable length of time) is Firefox, Opera and the like. IE will be safe on it’s throne.
Just look at the usage statistics for this blog according to Google Analytics.
The only browser, of any significance, that Chrome has more share than is Opera and to be honest I expect Opera to claw that right back as soon as the Chrome feeding frenzy has died down!
Oddly enough the stats for this blog are almost exactly on the button when it comes to the usage stats as being reported by Net Applications as they track global Chrome usage.
What I really want to see is the usage stats from some non tech site, which are frequented mainly by the “average user” who hasn’t got a clue what an extension is and thinks that a script is only for plays and films.
Then we will get a real idea of just how “hot” Chrome is in the real world, which is the world beyond the early adopter tech blogosphere.
Update: 07 September 2008: