Why I switched to Chrome
This January, Chrome crossed 5% market share mark. Neither Safari nor Opera could ever manage it. What is even more interesting is that in February the market share of all other major browsers slipped and in last one year, Chrome has picked up 4% market share! (If you want detailed stats on browser market share, you do not have to look any further than Wikipedia.)
Couple of month back I received an email from Deepesh stating “You guys need to install this….Its’ way way faster“. The “It” referred to Chrome 4.0. Since not all sites open properly on non-IE browser, I am very reluctant to switch to anything else. So, all these years, I have lived with my IE. Though I had tried Firefox but did not find it attractive enough to go through the complication of using 2 browsers. On an impulse I tried Chrome and never looked back. Here is why:
- The viewing canvas is larger
- I do not need Google toolbar
- Single search box – for URL as well as for search – is elegant
- Built in spell checker is very convenient – as I am very bad at spelling
- All the input text area are automatically resizable – very convenient for quick blog post and blog comments
- I like the way download is handled
- The history is searchable
And, yes it is FAST (here is a comparison) and overall – I find it clean, elegant and simple.
However, this is not the whole story. If you look at the bigger cloud computing picture – it will be obvious that Chrome is very central to Google strategy. So, you can hope to see much tighter integration between many of Google cloud offering and Chrome. I won’t be surprised if Google Apps work significantly better with Chrome than any other browser.
Then there is also HTML 5 and its game changing potential. It is in Google’s interest to have more powerful browser with more functionality. IE has steadily been losing market share for last 6 years – about 5% per year. Till 2 quarters back Firefox had been picking up 80% of that share. Now it appears that the trend has shifted towards Chrome adoption.
I think this growth will continue and we can hope to see Chrome cornering close to 10% by the end of this year.