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Chrome continues to make the news

Dreams of ultra-portable PCs accessing Web applications delivered over the 'net via Chrome are dancing in some people's heads like sugarplums.

Chrome certainly has some issues, as anyone might expect with 1.0 software, but the implications of Google's new market entry continue to spark the imaginations of various writers. Dreams of ultra-portable PCs accessing Web applications delivered over the 'net via Chrome are dancing in some people's heads like sugarplums. The cloud has a lot of vaporware in it, but Google is working hard to make some of that vapor condense into rain to feed the seeds they have been sowing for years now.

Netbooks, Chrome and the Future of Computing (ZDNet)

Google has taken some flak about the data that Chrome sends back to Google and has changed its internal policies to scrub that data to make it anonymous within 24 hours. Chrome's usage hit 1.2% during its first week on the market, which is really not bad at all for a first-generation beta product. Still, in order to really threaten Microsoft's dominance, Google will have to make some major inroads in the enterprise as Microsoft is doing with products like Sharepoint.

Google Bends to Chrome Privacy Criticism (Computerworld)

Chrome Snatches Share from IE (Computerworld)

Microsoft's Response to Google Chrome? SharePoint (News.com)

I am excited about the possibility of more competition, because competition is what drives technology. Windows hasn't seen a truly revolutionary upgrade since Windows 95, but Microsoft's expansion into other spaces has continued to fuel growth, and their near monopoly on the desktop has reduced their desire to try anything truly revolutionary. Sharepoint is a fantastic application though, and Microsoft is taking the initiative to deliver it in their traditional model of software licensing and support, but it is also expanding it into the cloud for businesses that don't want to run their own infrastructure. What do you think the future holds in the ongoing Google versus Microsoft battle?

7 comments
apotheon
apotheon

Chrome isn't 1.0 yet. It's still in beta. 1.0 is the first full release version, not a test version.

Greenknight_z
Greenknight_z

Google may call it beta, but it should have been labeled an alpha since it's not feature-complete. Or do they really intend to never support Java?

apotheon
apotheon

. . . I wouldn't be crushed if Chrome never supported Java applets.

apotheon
apotheon

I think you misread something -- because I know you're aware of the difference between Java and JavaScript. Chrome supports JavaScript, and in fact has its own JavaScript VM called V8 that Google has (with much fanfare) developed pretty much from scratch. It's Java for which Chrome doesn't currently have any support, at least as far as I'm aware.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

Sure javascript is great, but we need to focus more on server side kung fu with the current security threats of javascript

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"The cloud has a lot of vaporware in it, but Google is working hard to make some of that vapor condense into rain to feed the seeds they have been sowing for years now." Was it a dark and stormy night?

Andy J. Moon
Andy J. Moon

Personally, I think Google will win many battles, but Microsoft isn't going away without a fight. They have proven that they will do nearly anything to remain on top in the markets they already dominate as well as making moves into other markets. Google has some revolutionary new products and Google Labs is cranking them out as fast as you can imagine. Still, they have a long mountain to climb to best Microsoft.

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