Ranjeet Walunj

September 4, 2008

Browser War: Microsoft IE8 Vs. Firefox Vs. Google Chrome (or Google OS?)

Its quite logical move from google where they have come out with their own version of browser (Google Chrome) after looking at the features of MS IE8 and possible threat to its advertising revenue.

Internet explorer enjoys 60-70% of browser market share due to its strong presence in OS.
Mozilla/Firefox enjoys close to 20-25% (or more) of market share
And remaining browsers (Opera, Safari) enjoy the remaining share.

Chrome is out in market and it will face the similar problems which Mozilla is facing.
(Most of the people are happy with their built-in (/pre-shipped) browser with OS (Read: Microsoft Internet Explorer)

So probably what it will do is, eat Mozilla share of browser market, and mozilla foundation looks amazed with the timing of the announcement of chrome.

Mozilla CEO’s thoughts on chrome:

Mozilla’s Europe president, Tristan Nitot does not think chrome as direct attack on Firefox

However I seriously think this announcement as threat to firefox as the only place Chrome will eat browser share is Firefox.

(As mentioned above normal users are happy with their pre-shipped browser.)

About IE8 — yeah in my previous post i mentioned how it can create problems for online advertising (Inprivate Blocking mode)

Chrome seems to be the answer to that threat … It allows advertising …
Obvious since google does not want to cut Advertising Revenue 😉

It gives option to block pop-ups though …. (since google yet does not have pop-ups 😉 )

But to me it looks like google has secret agenda with Google chrome.

It looks a like a platform for OS Wrapper … where normal user do not need to switch to other applications if he is using google chrome …. Google will soon start providing all basic needs of surfer inside the chrome browser itself.

(remember they are already building/launched apps for desktop, word processing, presentations, editing, email, chat)

All google need to do is provide all these things together in google chrome.
They are already giving Google Gears, using which i would not be surprised if people start distributing web softwares as offline installable applications which can be run through the Chrome browser.

Browser war is heating up …. are you party to it ?

I’ve been using following browsers

(IE7, Firefox 3 and 2, Opera, Safari, Netscape and now Chrome)

Chrome is multi-process, multi-tabbed browser whereas FF tries to provide lean efficient experience with single process and IE8 tries to provide smoother browsing experience by creating multiple instances of iexplorer.exe.

What it means that if something goes wrong in one tab of Chrome, other tabs will keep working properly.

IE it may happen if other tabs are handled by other instance of iexplorer.exe
And firefox may crash the entire process.

I’ve experienced memory utilisation is sometimes bad for all browsers (sometimes pathetic)

My experience with Chrome is as follows:

I’ve installed chrome yesterday and faced few issues with it.
Almost wasted 20-30 mins to figure out why it was throwing some weird errors like following.
— the application failed to initialise properly (0xC0000005). Click ok to terminate the program

The reason for above error is due to Microsoft XP Pro + SP3, Symantec Endpoint Protection and Chrome running together.

The temporary workaround is disable sandbox mode of chrome by running chrome with additional option “–no-sandbox” (without quotes) — check here

Post that its running strictly OK for me …

  1. It has already crashed few times .. and i had to restart the browser
  2. My laptop’s scroll-down from mousepad works fine … but scroll-up does not work
  3. Few sites do not open in chrome (need to figure this out — this may not be problem with it) 
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