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.
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.
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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?