Boy, Google has a high standing on the Internet...
Less than 48 hours since the search giant launched 'Chrome', its first web browser, StatCounter Blog claims the software has taken no less than one per cent of the global browser market. That may not sound like much but to put it into perspective: that is more than Opera has attained in its lifespan to date. By comparison Safari has approximately 6.5 per cent, Firefox 22 per cent and Internet Explorer 70 per cent.
“This is a phenomenal performance,” commented StatCounter's Aodhan Cullen, “this is war on Microsoft but the big loser could be Firefox.” This makes sense given the more cutting edge nature of Firefox users with many IE users less technical and often unaware of the choices available to them beyond what came installed on their systems.
Of course initial interest doesn't mean long term adoption but Chrome has seemingly made a positive early impression despite its current lack of third party add-ons (this should change with it being open source) and, in many ways, radical alterations to the stereotypical browser experience.
On a less positive note however eagle eyed surfers have caught wind of a particularly scary clause in Chrome's user licence, #11 states "By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Service".
To be fair Google has responded quickly to this saying it was an over generalisation and they "are working quickly to remove language from Section 11 of the current Google Chrome terms of service. This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome.”
Hopefully that clears that up. Now on with Beta version 2.0!
The controversial section 11 is now fixed as such:
11. Content licence from you
11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services.