Chrome's Userbase Triples this Year
Article by George Norman
On 10 Dec 2010
Since it is December, the last month of the year, it’s is a good time to look back at the year and see what happened. Looking back on 2010 Microsoft for example saw that Kim Kardashian, Sandra Bullock and Tiger Woods were the most searched topics on Bing; Microsoft also saw that, including this month’s Patch Tuesday, it rolled out more than 100 security bulletins that addressed more than 200 vulnerabilities.

Switching focus away from the Redmond-based software giant and onto the Mountain View-based search engine giant, what did Google see when it looked back on the year? It saw that its Chrome web browser experienced a significant surge of users. Linus Upson, VP Engineering and Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management, put things in perspective.

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“This year, the number of people using Chrome has tripled from 40 to 120 million. Speed is what people love most about Chrome, and we’re always working to make the browser even faster,” the two said.

When Chrome was rolled out to the public back in September 2008, it was a newcomer with a very small userbase. Two years later it can boast about having a multimillion userbase, bumping its version number to 8.0, and becoming the third most popular browser on the web – the first two positions are held by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer at #1 and Mozilla’s Firefox browser at #2.

If Chrome’s userbase continues to grow like this, it may soon be gunning for Firefox’s position, and when Chrome OS comes out (hopefully early next year), it may even surpass IE as the most popular browser out there. We all know that the main reason why IE is the #1 browser is because it comes bundled with the Windows operating system and because numerous business users do not bother to get another browser. Businesses are content to stay with Internet Explorer and don’t bother give their employees or don’t allow their employees to get another browser.

According to Linus Upson, when Chrome OS will be rolled out, 60% of Windows PCs in businesses could be replaced with machines running Google’s forthcoming operating system. That is something that will definitely impact IE’s popularity.

If you would like to get the Chrome browser, you can download it here.




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