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Daily Archives: December 11, 2008
Google Chrome has had a strange start to life. The browser is undoubtedly fast, and given it’s very new, has a lot of good features packed into it.
But where are the users? As Google took Chrome out of beta today , it revealed that the browser has gained 10m active users in its first 100 days. That sounds like a lot – until you compare it to others. Firefox – a rival browser that is more firmly established as the main alternative to Internet Explorer – has around 20 per cent of the browser market, compared to Chrome which is yet to break 1 per cent.
Wall Street may be irrational, but it isn’t that irrational.
It’s been clear since Google walked that a search deal with Microsoft is the only way for Yahoo to make a meaningful difference to its performance in the short- or medium-term (notwithstanding the swingeing job cuts that took effect today.)
Nor is Microsoft hiding its intentions: after the last debacle, Steve Ballmer has, rightly, decided to be perfectly direct about his continuing interest, while at the same time stopping short of applying the thumb-screws to Yahoo again – at least for now.