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Well, well… It is really difficult to answer that question just now, but trust me, it is very promising, to say the least. I am not going to explain Chrome’s features and things that it did well and things it couldn’t do that well here, rather I would like to concentrate on it’s positioning in the market with the existence of IE and Firefox already!

If you are more interested in learning about their features, please go here, or here or here!

1. Extensions and Addons:

If you consider the history of how well Firefox has evolved over the years to compete with IE since it’s inception, large stake of the credit should go to open source developers who contributed largely by adding newer and innovative features to Firefox in the form of extensions. Come to think of it, all the new features that Opera and IE could up with, Firefox developers proactively copied them(it’s sad, they couldn’t come up earlier!) within the days of release! Take the example of FastDial2.0 extension which copied the fast dial feature inbuilt in the Opera browser and the much promising Ubiquity extension replicates the behavior of Accelerators integrated in IE8Beta2.

So, much of the fate of Chrome depends on whether Chromium developers integrate the concept of Extensions into Chrome so that any developer can write his/her own extension and release it to the whole world. Following the hints of a VP at Google, the idea of an extension framework for Chrome is pretty much alive! But, (there’s always a BUT!) the open source developer community is divided in it’s support to Chrome and Firefox. Some of the developer community, who call themselves, the Firefox loyalists, are considering Chrome as a potential rival of Chrome and this division might tether both Firefox and Chrome! How Chrome explains their entry into browser market while supporting Firefox will make a huge impact on the open source developer community and their support to Chrome!

2. Innovation:

Agreed, much of the features in Chrome are neither path breaking nor entirely new(excluding the concept of sandbox)! But, hold on, this is just the first public beta of the browser and you can’t ask for more than what it already gives us, more stable product than the release versions of IE and Firefox, speedier rendering with their new JavaScript engine V8, newer and more appropriate tabbed browsing experience. Should the developers focus more on path breaking innovations and simplistic approach for addon installations, Chrome might actually make a huge statement!

3. User Attention:

Majority of the browser market is being held by IE, only because of the fact that IE ships directly with Windows and the layman user would never know about anything other than that. If Chrome has to take a major claim in the browser market, it needs to capture the attention of layman users and usurp the IE’s leader position. Because, search means Google for a layman, this should not prove too difficult for the web-omniscient!

4. Android Version:

Though, Chrome could manage to gain a significant market share in PC browser market, I would want them to develop an Android version in the similar lines of Firefox Mobile and Opera mobile. Since the advent of iPhone, every other mobile manufacturer started developing PDAs and full blown browser integration to them hinted at the future prospect of full browser experience in all the coming mobiles a near reality! I would like to see Google claiming a huge market share in the mobile browser market as well as they are not too lagging in that area as compared to that of PC browser market!

Google’s marketing of this product is quite understandable considering the Firefox’s position in the techie community(They extended their support for Firefox for the next three years!). Google doesn’t want to compete with Firefox head on, but they would like to grab the market share of IE and Opera. Considering the Google’s expertise in making trivial things seem exceedingly important, they might have already driven the advantage home! With the promise Chrome has shown in their first ever public beta, it is definitely here to stay!

What do you think? Do you think Chrome will stay? Let me know your views in the comments section!


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