Back in August 2010, Google Chrome had a market share of 8%, which is a significant improvement as compared to the month of July. Chrome was not “that” much popular but it was still getting the hits because of Google’s influence and how the company was moving to centralize everything. Speaking of July, comScore experts said that Chrome’s share was 7.1% in the market.
The rest of the shares percentages are roughly covered up by Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and some small time browsers that are rarely used. Meanwhile, Google has got another gig up its sleeve. This one is the highly anticipated Chrome OS and it is imminent that the company is planning to cover another 10% market through the new operating system.
The only reason that Microsoft Internet Explorer has a market share is because some users don’t even bother to install a new browser. They keep on using the default browser (internet explorer) that comes with their copy of Windows. For Microsoft, this percentage is useless because a very small number of people prefer using the browser.
The truth is that if you buy Windows, you will have live with Internet Explorer being a part of your installation copy. It is just like that patent lawsuit against Xerox. Microsoft lost the legal battle because of Xerox’s demands. What the company does is that it meets the minimal requirements by adding an empty “Xerox” folder in one of Windows core directories – and that’s about it!
Coming back to the topic, it is essential for developers to know that the upcoming version of Chrome OS will have Chrome browser as a totally unique platform. From the very beginning, Google made it clear that Chrome will be a cloud based OS; so naturally, we can expect something out of the blue for Chrome browser as well.
If you haven’t been into the Chrome browser, you better get used to it. Because if you’re planning on using the Chrome OS, you’d have no other choice but to use Chrome browser as the only browser that your OS will support.