Posted September 17, 2009 7:53 am by with 8 comments

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chrome-logoFor all of the talk of social media, software as a service (SaaS) and the future of the Internet one of the most important components for delivery is that workhorse of the whole deal; the browser. Right now, Internet Explorer is the market leader with Firefox a solid second. While Safari will always be limited to the Mac-iverse the introduction of Chrome version 3 for the PC reminds us that Google needs to be a part of this mix as well. Hey, it wouldn’t be the Internet unless Google was involved, right?

TechCrunch reports that there is more to the picture though as revealed in an interview by Reuters like Mac users finally getting their chance to see their reflection in the Chrome world.

While Chrome currently has just under 3 percent of the browser market currently, a year from now, they’re planning to have at least 5 percent. More importantly, 2 years from now, if Chrome doesn’t have at least 10 percent share, Google will be “exceptionally disappointed,” Chrome Engineering Director Linus Upson told Reuters. And Google’s own internal projections for the browser are even higher, apparently.

But Google also has a big wildcard it has yet to play: Mac support. And in the same Reuters article, Google confirmed that its Chrome for Mac will be available before the end of this year.

As pointed out in the article, right now Mac users are a bit stuck with a slow Firefox experience but a lot of add-ons or a quicker Safari with fewer bells and whistles. Chrome for the Mac promises to bring both to the table. Personally, I am very excited because I am wearing out the force quit on Firefox as a recent Mac convert. TC’s MG Siegler makes takes the anticipation to another level

Chrome promises to bring a combination of both speed and plug-ins to the Mac. I’ve been using the developer builds of Chromium (the open source project behind Chrome) for months now, and it’s definitely getting really, really close to being ready for prime time.

I’m in. What’s your browser preference and does Chrome look to be a part of your future?

  • I’m a Firefox girl (whether I be on a PC or a Mac). IE is… awful, in my opinion. It freezes, it quits, it doesn’t display things right, lacks support, and… it freezes! An awful lot on my PC.
    Firefox is quick and has the blessed Web Developer add-on that I love – it rarely crashes for either my PC or Mac, which is brilliant and it displays things properly.
    Chrome, I’m on the fence about. I tried one of its earlier releases and it wouldn’t work for more than half hour or so without crashing, so I was disappointed and uninstalled it. However, it seems to have moved on now so maybe I’ll give it a go soon! (If i can let go of my Firefox)
    .-= Luci´s last blog ..Use Titles To Drive Traffic To Your Blog And Increase Your SEO =-.

  • I use Chrome for about 75% of my browsing. I tend to keep Chrome open on one screen, Firefox on another, and I usually have an instance of IE running for testing purposes.

    All in all, Chrome is great. It’s smoking fast! I still enjoy some of the Firefox add-ons, but I think the future for Chrome is very bright.
    .-= Mickey´s last blog ..mickmel: @jillwhalen No luck here either (Atlanta, GA — Comcast). =-.

  • I love Chrome for the speed. Use it mostly. I think if there were more extensions for Chrome (like in case of Firefox) I would not need to use Firefox at all.
    .-= Money-Era´s last blog ..How much does 1 million e-mail addresses cost? =-.

  • Tom H.

    Firefox fan here, largely due to the functionality available to me through the add-ons. Though I totally resent how slow it is to load, and constantly being interrupted to install updates to add-ons or the browser itself.

    I’m hesitant to use Chrome as my main browser for the same reason I don’ t install the Google toolbar, or any other toolbar – I don’t like further enabling companies to track the living crap out of me like that.

    I like Google and all, but at some point I need to draw the line on how much of my life is any of their business.

  • Peter Kasting

    @Tom H.: I am a Chromium developer, and I’m curious what data you think the browser collects on you. From my perspective, “track[ing] the living crap out of [you]” is not only completely erroneous but totally uninteresting to us. The goal of the project is to make everything on the web much faster. We’ve posted publicly several times about what features might send any data remotely, and if you’re concerned, how to turn them all off; but their purpose is to do benign things like suggest search queries that you might be trying to type. There’s no repository of the web sites you visit, or anything like that. One reason we publish our source code is so that others can verify this independently.

  • i love chrome… i think best browser..

  • Chrome is a great browser and it is simply wonderful that we are being offered more choices than just IE. This is a case of ‘the more the merrier’ and consumers are benefiting from the increased choice in browsers.
    .-= Oscar Del Santo´s last blog ..ORM and the Dark Side: Astroturfing, Flogging and the Viral Marketing Campaign that never was =-.

  • Ellie

    I only use Firefox when I’m doing work for an online course, which isn’t supported by the Chrome browser. I never use IE, my dad uninstalled it from my computer as soon as he got Firefox years ago. I got Chrome almost immediately after it was released, and I love how simple, clean, and fast it is. I’m the kind of person who uses about seven tabs at once and is using social networking sites constantly, but I’m not a hyper techie or anything.
    Only a few of my friends use it as well, and it’s not on any of the school computers yet, but I can certainly picture it becoming more popular.