“Google reportedly plans to convince computer makers to pre-install its Chrome Web browser on PCs, a move that would escalate the battle against market leader Internet Explorer from Microsoft,” Antone Gonsalves reports for InformationWeek.
“In addition, Sundar Pichai, Google VP of product management, told The Times that the company planned to launch a major marketing push behind Chrome once Google finished with beta testing and launched the final version in January,” Gonsalves reports.
“If successful, such a strategy could help the company boost use of the browser, which currently stands at less than 1% of Web users. Microsoft has more than 70% of the market, while Mozilla’s Firefox has almost 20%,” Gonsalves reports.
MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s Safari is the worlds’ #3 Web browser and currently holds 6.57% market share, according to Net Applications. Chrome is #5 with 0.74% share, just behind #4 Opera’s 0.75%.
Gonsalves continues, “Pichai also said that Google planned to launch versions of Chrome for Linux and Apple’s Mac OS X in the first half of next year. The current version of Chrome only runs on Windows.”
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