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It seems unlikely, what I wrote in the title. But it’s still comical to witness the fact that Microsoft’s Security Essentials software is seemingly removing copies of Chrome on users’ computers. I must admit, I think that Security Essentials is actually a good piece of software. It’s a free virus scanning and protection program that the company offers to help thwart what has been some very bad publicity over malicious software through the years.
Could it be possible that Microsoft is purposely trying to hold down Chrome? While it’s hard to put it past them, one would think that the company should know better than to try and participate in anti-competitive practices that would threaten put them into a litigious situation. Even though they have been known to put themselves in that particular position in the past.
And while Microsoft is claiming that the issue is a bug, last week Google posted a blog article explaining the situation and how to reinstall Chrome without incident. Surprising to me that the removal of a competitor’s software could possibly be construed as a “bug” and identifying it as a piece of malware called “PWS:Win32/Zbot” but I guess anything is plausible in Microsoft-land.
Look, Microsoft has a hold of the enterprise market for the time being. And Security Essentials is aimed squarely at the consumer market. I could understand if Security Essentials caused Chrome not to run, but a complete removal of the software? Come on. While it may be problematic from Microsoft’s perspective that Chrome is installed in the user profile file structure, it is still under “Google” and then “Chrome”, causing the removal of “chrome.exe”. Is that an accident?
I’m just bringing up these questions. At the same time, as I’ve stated above, it would be extremely dumb for Microsoft to think that they would be able to get away with this. Of course, they used to think that all software must cost money, which doesn’t always seem to be the case these days.
via LA Times
Oh what a difference twelve months makes.
It seems that last year around this time Chrome at version 5 was just a scrappy competitor in the browser market, and I often wondered what Google would do with their upstart browser and web-based operating system waiting in the wings. Now Chrome is on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream as you can see from the latest StatCounter browser statistics compiled from May.
For the record, Internet Explorer has a 43.87% share, Firefox takes second place with 29.29% and Chrome is close to breaking 20% with 19.36%. Judging by Google’s increased marketing efforts, this is going to continue in an upward climb. The company has an array of Chrome ads on television, is going all-out with web display advertising and is even putting notifications inside Google Apps for non-Chrome users to try the browser.
Has this ever been seen before in the browser wars? When you look at the following graph it seems almost unreal. Chrome has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a major player in the browser market. Google’s goal of pushing web innovation has brought us to a point where it may no longer be an early-adopter type of software application for much longer.
This is data that is compiled by StatCounter, which offers these browser stats for free for anyone to look at. It’s one of the reasons why I use it, although please do note that other data aggregators may have different numbers. According to StatCounter, IE is at the top with a 44.52% market share, Firefox is second with 29.67% and Chrome comes in third at 18.29%. That’s up roughly a percentage point from last month, when Chrome was at 17.37%.
Walt Mossberg has done his own review of the Cr-48, which is funny, because he keeps calling it “the Chrome OS“.
PCWorld calls Google’s efforts “impressive” in their look at Chrome OS.
Ars Technica’s review of Chrome OS is aptly titled “Nothing but Net“.
NSS Labs has published a report saying IE is best suited to defend against malware even though they used Chrome 6 which is now old.
Please use Chrome for a Cause – the extension will donate to charity based on your tab usage until December 19.
November is over, and the tally for browser usage is in. In first is Internet Explorer with 48.16%, Firefox with 31.17%, Chrome with 13.35%, Safari with 4.7% and Opera with 2.01%. Here is a look at the graph to see how each stacks up against one another.