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According to data from NetMarketShare, Internet Explorer extended its usage share gains by another .42% in July, gaining about 1% global share since May.
The firm says, "This is the second month in a row of global gains for Internet Explorer and the third straight month of gains for Internet Explorer 8 in the United States. The gain comes at the expense of Firefox (-.9%) and Chrome (-.08%)."
Adventurous Google Chrome fans who are ready to try something beyond the stable, beta, and developer builds now have a fourth option. Google recently announced what it’s calling the "canary build," presumably in reference to the poor little birds that were once used as early warning systems in mines.
Google has unveiled a new strategy for Chrome: accelerate the rate at which stable releases are made available. The company even thinks it can get a new stable version out once every six weeks. That’s double what it currently does.
Google says it has the following three goals:
Anyone who’s still at a loss as to why they should try Chrome – or is using it, but feels a little adrift – may want to look at a new list Google’s put into circulation. The Chrome team has identified 19 apps that can make the browser much more useful.
Unless you count the time Ford arranged for a blind man to drive a Mustang on the company’s proving grounds, speed and special nods to accessibility don’t often go together. Today, however, Google made its speedy browser, Chrome, more accessible by introducing a new category of featured extensions.
Google’s Chrome browser has overtaken Apple’s Safari in the U.S. for the first time on a weekly basis according to StatCounter.
The company says for the week beginning June 21 Chrome surpassed Safari to claim third place in the U.S. browser market.
"This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10% of the US market in under two years," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.
Love ’em or hate ’em, PDFs are far from rare. Legal documents, official letters, and corporate reports – among many other things – are often found in this format rather than any other. It’s important, then, that the Google Chrome team has begun to take PDFs into account.
Google has launched new stable versions of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
"Since last December, we’ve been chipping away at bugs and building in new features to get the Mac and Linux versions caught up with the Windows version, and now we can finally announce that the Mac and Linux versions are ready for prime time," says Chrome product manager Brian Rakowski.
There has been a wide range of interesting announcements coming out of Google I/O this week where WebProNews is covering the event.
Update Google I/O
During the very long and drawn out keynote here at Google I/O today, there were many speakers and many topics addressed, including a number of new announcements from Google. Among these was the announcement of the Chrome Web Store, dubbed an open marketplace for web apps that helps people find the best web applications across the internet and allows developers to reach new users. The announcement was only a preview.
New Chrome users may be overwhelmed to find that the extensions gallery considers 4,810 extensions "popular," making customization an intimidating prospect. There are 89 "featured" Chrome extensions, too, which is still a lot. So Google’s attempted to organize its Chrome Extensions gallery by introducing six categories.
About four weeks ago, Gmail gained a drag-and-drop feature that made attaching files to emails considerably more convenient. Now, as a sort of complement to that text-focused upgrade, another new feature is set to make inserting pictures into emails easier, as well.
A noteworthy point here is that Google’s skipped past the beta/lab stage, offering the new option to lots of ordinary Gmail users. Another important fact is that it’s user-friendly – the sort of thing even people who don’t read WebProNews and official Google blogs might discover for themselves.
Mozilla CEO John Lilly dropped a bomb late yesterday in announcing that he would be stepping down from his position. The news came just after Mozilla revealed its early product plan for Firefox 4, in which it placed great emphasis on speed and HTML5 support – two of the big selling points for competing browser Google Chrome.
Google’s Chrome browser has received a lot of buzz lately as it has showcased its efforts in speed testing using potato guns, paint, a pirate ship, lightning, etc. Meanwhile, Chrome has been creeping up steadily in web browser market share.
Perhaps in an effort to keep users from switching to Chrome, Mozilla wants it to be known that it is working on speed as well, and is enabling new open, standard web technologies ("HTML5 and beyond" it says).
Chrome did pretty well in April, according to the latest stats from Net Applications, increasing its market share by 0.60 percent. And now, to perhaps speed the browser’s adoption even more, Google’s unveiled what it promises is the fastest beta version of Chrome to date.
March was yet another good month for Google’s browser in terms of market share. According to Net Applications, Chrome converted more than a few additional people, shrinking the gaps between it and the field’s two leaders, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Not too many years ago, threads on online forums would often have titles like "New Ferrari Pics (56K users, make coffee)" as a way of warning people with slow connections that they’d be stuck for a while. Now, Tom’s Hardware has established which modern Web browsers will slow folks down – and which won’t.
Most major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, didn’t fare well in February, losing market share. Net Applications found that Chrome managed to attract more than a few new users, however, increasing its market share by 0.39 percent on a month-over-month basis.
Here are a couple odd facts for you: compared to people everywhere else, folks in North America dislike Chrome. And individuals who live in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada are unusually big fans of Internet Explorer. That’s what new Quantcast data implies, anyway.
It doesn’t really help anyone that Chrome for Mac isn’t on a level with the regular version of Chrome; Mac fans must feel neglected, and Google’s missing out on a lot of potential users. The gap between versions narrowed today, though, as a new Chrome for Mac beta with extensions and a few other upgrades was released.
Google recently launched its extensions Gallery for Chrome, but today the company is reminding users of the browser (which continues to gain popularity) that there are a lot more things you can do with it beyond just what’s in the gallery. Google Chrome 4 supports Greasemonkey user scripts.
Given the way in which the iPad’s dominated this week’s tech news, rumors about all other sorts of touch-sensitive technology were bound to spread. Still, there may be something to the excitement about Chrome OS responding to touch, as a Google employee sort of set off the hubbub.
According to data released by the AT Internet Institute, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has fallen to under 60% of visits in Europe. The firm suggests that with widely publicized news of a major security flaw and moves being made by competing browsers, IE’s fall may not be reversed in the very near future.
As people return home this holiday season, there will be all sorts of hugs and "have you had enough to eat"s. Then they’ll be pressed into service, lifting heavy stuff or perhaps climbing ladders. And Google would very much appreciate it if visitors install the company’s software, too.
Eight days ago, we wrote about a Google Chrome advertising campaign that’s taking place in the UK. This morning, Hitwise followed up on the subject by publishing some statistics, and the stats indicate that that the campaign’s achieved a certain level of success.
In case you were thinking that Google hadn’t made enough announcements this week, they have made a couple more. First, they are adding universal search results to Google Suggest, and second, they have released a new Chrome extension called Google Quick Scroll.
Google is a master of online advertising, and in recent days, has more than ever been vilified as an enemy of the newspaper industry. People were understandably surprised, then, to find ads for Chrome plastered all over a UK newspaper this morning.
The Metro is a free paper targeted at commuters in 16 cities. It’s supposed to be the world’s largest free paper and the UK’s fourth largest paper of any sort, with 1.3 million copies distributed every weekday.
A little less than a month ago, we reported that a beta version of Chrome for Mac might be released in December, and sure enough, it’s arrived. Something "[f]or Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Intel only" became available today.
Considering that Chrome was introduced in September of 2008, this development was a long time coming. Google likely hurt the adoption rate of Chrome by ignoring a market segment that’s known for preferring unusual tech and trying stuff out early in its lifecycle.
Google Chrome might be compared to a racecar; both are fast, but lacking in amenities. It looks like Google’s about to give Chrome users the option of adding air conditioning, stereo system, and cup holder equivalents, though, as extensions may become available in the very near future.
Mac users who’ve been feeling left out since the introduction of Google Chrome (which occurred way back in September of 2008) may finally be set to receive a sort of nod of inclusion. A Mountain View-based product manager has indicated that a beta version of Chrome for Mac will launch in December.
It looks like at least a few of Google’s lawyers who specialize in patent law are about to get some work to do. Google – along with Adobe – has been sued by a company named Textscape because the search giant allegedly violated a patent Textscape was granted in 1998.
Google has added a bookmark sync feature to its Chrome browser. Essentially, this lets users sync their bookmarks between their Chrome browser on different machines.
"This new feature makes it easy to keep the same set of bookmarks on all your machines, and stores them alongside your Google Docs for easy web access," says Google’s Tim Steele.
Google announced a new version of its browser Chrome today that the company says is "faster than ever." It also comes with some new features.
For example, form autofill, which enables Chrome to remember text you enter on websites so you can save time in the future. This can be cleared simply by clearing browsing data under the toosl menu.
Benjamin Edelman, assistant professor at Harvard Business School, claims Google and partners are inflating PPC conversion rates and increasing advertiser cost via four specific channels, including Google’s own Chrome browser.
Google makes money by charging advertisers every time a user clicks on a Google advertisement, but in the instances described and documented by Edelman, he makes it appear Google and partners are colluding to intercept traffic to websites that would be navigated directly (and for free) rather than by searching.
Google is not known for being a big television advertiser despite the company’s own platform for distributing television ads (which is getting more targeted according to recent discussions from Google).
Google is now testing those waters for itself though. The Google Japan team created a video promoting the Google Chrome browser, and the company is taking it to televisions.
Google held its annual stockholders’ meeting yesterday evening and to accompany that Co-founder Sergey Brin decided to re-share the 2008 Founders’ Letter, which was originally published on Google’s Investor Relations site. Brin says they wanted to make this more widely available so they posted it on the Official Google Blog.
Although it’s possible to quibble over percentage points, Google Chrome appears to be moving in a positive direction. Matt Cutts gathered together statistics from several sources, and all of them indicate that Google’s seven-month-old browser is gaining market share.
For the longest time in hacker folklore Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows were the key targets and most exploitable while Macintosh and Safari were virtually ignored. But times they are a-changin’, roles are reversing, and Google’s Chrome comes out as a dark horse.
Everyone knows that Google loves the word "beta"; Gmail has stood as evidence of this for years. Well, love can do powerful things, and Google’s brought back the term to describe a fresh, faster-than-ever version of its Chrome browser. There’s a new Chrome blog, too.
It’s a rare – or perhaps even nonexistent – person who hates Google Chrome. The general consensus is just that the browser lacks a little fit and finish compared to Firefox and Internet Explorer. So it’s rather interesting to hear that Chrome’s one other problem – a lack of extensions – should be addressed within the next three months.
Compared to a lot of businesses out there, Mozilla’s got nothing to worry about; a search partnership with Google has guaranteed it revenue through 2011. But with Chrome becoming more and more of a threat to Firefox, it’s hard not to view the link between the parent companies as being a bit strained.
Six days ago, Google took the "beta" tag off its Chrome browser. Several improvements were announced at the same time. Still, not many people will claim that Chrome is perfect, and Matt Cutts has gone to the trouble of identifying 10 issues on his blog.
Update: Google has officially announced the removal of the beta label on Chrome, via the Official Google Blog.
Prepare to say goodbye to something that serves as both a safety net and warning sign for Google Chrome. Although she didn’t give a timeframe, Marissa Mayer herself has confirmed that the browser’s beta tag will be removed.
Personalization can be nice; looked at one way, it’s what leads the bartender at a favorite pub to get your Guinness the moment you arrive. It can be kind of a drag, too, though – do you want your friendly neighborhood pharmacist to remember your every problem? – and so personalization was weighed against privacy in an SES Chicago session called "Battle of the Browsers."
A market share of 0.74 percent is not good for morale at most companies, and perhaps all the less so at Google, where (Lively debacle aside) things tend to go well. So, starting in January, the search giant’s going to take some rather unusual steps towards improving Google Chrome’s position.
Like its metallic namesake, Google’s browser named Chrome attracted a lot of attention at first, then seemed to lose its shine and fall out of favor. Still, Hitwise found a surprising side effect of Chrome’s introduction, and Matt Cutts believes that it’s solid in most fundamental senses.
Now that everybody’s got a good look at Google’s Chrome, the general feeling is that the browser should be able to keep that initial luster. It’s super fast, but is not without its bugs. We imagine it won’t be long before Google patches a security flaw that could allow some hacker carpet-bombing.
As America returns to work after the Labor Day holiday weekend, crusty eyes are abuzz about Google Chrome, the company’s own surprise open source Web browser in beta. Bloggers on the scene—European ones and those who apparently don’t take holidays—let the Chrome cat out of the bag a day early.