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Sony Bundles Google Chrome With PCs

Gordon Kelly


Sony Bundles Google Chrome With PCs

Microsoft may have made a morally compelling reason to download IE8, but perhaps Google has more chance of real world success after pulling off this coup...

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Google has confirmed that its Chrome web browser from now on will come pre-installed on Sony laptops. The scope of the agreement wasn't expanded upon in either financial or geographic terms, but Google did refer to it as a "test" at this stage.

Currently Google Chrome sits on 2.6 per cent of the global web browser market, a world away from the 67.7 per cent of Internet Explorer and the circa 22 per cent of biggest open source rival Firefox. Still, Google has managed to do something the likes of Mozilla and Apple have so far failed to achieve and the large IE market share shows that in general users will adopt whatever they are given, rather than what is the most critically acclaimed.

That said, with Windows 7 now offering a browser ballot screen in Europe to comply with with EC anti-competitive rulings it may well be that the victory will prove a little hollow. As for Microsoft, none of this is particularly good news, but we do offer it a sure fire, 100 per cent guaranteed way to once again restore market share:

Build a better browser!


via The WSJ

Ron 1

September 2, 2009, 10:05 am

I just wish Google would now complete the much awaited Chrome for Mac.

It's the one thing I miss since moving from the PC. Although Firefox is a reasonable alternative it is not as fast and is not as user friendly as Chrome.

Hamish Campbell

September 2, 2009, 12:57 pm

I prefer safari actually, quick, has adblock with plugin and the quick links frontpage I love (available on all i know). But really, I struggle to really find any real difference between those three mentioned here, perhaps Firefox is not quite as fast.


September 2, 2009, 3:33 pm

Why do people judge a browser on how fast it is? I use the browsers that I find secure and offer me the most functionality (Firefox & Chrome).


September 2, 2009, 8:53 pm

Whilst chrome is the fastest (raw if you like) I believe that due the some of the add on's I have it means that my overall browsing is actually going to be quicker. For example the ability to search on any other site eg dabs/play.com etc rather than just amazon/google etc) from any site (after you copy the search bar into the plug in) is such a time saver, however in chrome you would have to first of all go to dabs/play.com and then do a search on that site rather than in the search bar at the top right in the browser.

One question - I remember when chrome was released there was a huge uproar when it was found to be sending back data to google. Has this been fixed/ workaround / in private browsing has to be enabled.

Good to see IE being given the boot, even if its chrome being its replacement - my prefered being firefox


September 2, 2009, 11:05 pm

Nothing wrong with IE, all I read from IE haters is old "one liners" AKA drivel TBH

For all the add ons and user speed tests its only a browser. I never see the glowing anomalous that is IE against any other browser. Only if it is filed under Internet myth which is a large dusty cupboard.


September 3, 2009, 1:21 am

Sorry that wasn't clear as I know all browser do send back some data - crashes / what version your using as so on - but I am talking about the way it initially sent back details of actual browsing sessions, stored vast amounts of data in the history and even in extreme cases banking sites were not excluded from this meaning google (or someone wanting to pay a lot of money for the data) could in theory take your bank details.


September 3, 2009, 1:27 am

@Andrew Violet: Chrome actually has a much neater feature for searching. Any site you do a search on, it remembers and you just in the future type (e.g.) "dabs {TAB} {search term}" This is the hands down best search feature I've used, much neater than adding searches in Firefox. Chrome is changing all the time, it is worth leaving it installed and having a go with it every now and again.


September 3, 2009, 12:22 pm

@joe but does it still take your data - not bothered about google taking it, bothered about someone stealing it along the way or at googles end, as its highly valuable.

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