Robin Bloor: Why Google Chrome Will Dominate

by Volker Weber

Microsoft bets on Office, IBM on Portal and Expeditor (with Notes as the Trojan horse). Google develops a cloud client:

I had no inkling that Google was even developing a browser, and I’d always assumed that it would one day just buy FireFox and be done with it.

Now that I’ve taken a look at Chrome, my opinion of Google has risen sharply. This is not yet-another-browser. this is a complete refresh of what a browser could and should be. From Chrome’s initial release, every indication is that Google gets it. It’s not so much that it gets browsing (which it does and that’s something in itself) but that it gets cloud computing.

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I'd have agreed if it weren't for the unfortunate fact that Google managed to overlook a known, well documented and very serious vulnerability in the initial Chrome release.

Google may well get cloud computing, but it does not seem to get security.

Chris Linfoot, 2008-09-03

Chrome is using WebKit 525.13. Safari is on .18, the iPhone on .18.1 and I have seen users on .19.

I guess Google will have no difficulties updating.

Volker Weber, 2008-09-03

The game is changing one day at a time.

Bruce Elgort, 2008-09-03

Bruce, agreed.

However, I find Bloor to be extraordinarily naïve / manic in his enthusiasm for everything cloud / SAAS-related. There is some great stuff out there (I use Google Apps for domains, and love it, don’t get me wrong), but there are still kinks which need sorting out. I don’t understand the current hysteria about Chrome for example.

Ben Poole, 2008-09-04

For a first try, it is tremendously impressive: thin, fast and sexy. It may have the odd security problem, but those will be removed soon enough. If people don't read the fine print too closely, and most don't, it will dominate.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-09-04

The fine print is being changed, apparently....

Nick Daisley, 2008-09-04


Look at all that has changed over the last 5 years in IT. Everything changes and it all happens one day at a time.

Bruce Elgort, 2008-09-04

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