The case of Google Chrome is a surprising example of what was said 4 years ago: «The browser that aspires to be an operating system»
I remember in 2008 September I wrote about how Google launched its own browser, When the expectation of dethroning Internet Explorer would seem crazy to think now that iOS will be able to surpass Windows in the next three years. The previous graph shows that IE had an 71%, Firefox 26% and the rest remained in the queue without exceeding the 2%.
30 months later, just a year ago I played the theme again, with the article Google Chrome 30 months later, Using my statistics showed how Chrome was positioned at almost 23% while Firefox had reached 29% and Internet Explorer fell sharply to 44%.
But the last year has shown that I was wrong, although I believed that this browser would outweigh both, I did not think I could do it in less the following 12 months. See how the statistics for the latest 30 days make Chrome on an 39%, Internet Explorer on an 31%, and Firefox on an 23%. This indicates that the browser has managed to remove users to both, although it is also noticeable the growth of Safari that reaches near the 4% in an interesting takeoff thanks to the positioning of the mobile.
The biggest damage is not only Internet Explorer but also Windows and Office because much of this growth is not only due to navigation but also the integration of associated services that can now be done from Chrome in simple things such as:
Build a Word / Excel document collaboratively. The experience of this we carried with Cartesia and GabrielOrtiz in the structuring of the model Z! Spaces and I must admit that it would never have been possible to use the old one using Microsoft Word.
This week Google has released its version for iPad / iPhone, and although it is quite crude I sure will use it more than Safari. No longer for capacity but for familiarity, aware that the current failures will be solved in two weeks. I remember there was an iPad clone called Chromy, which had to be renamed then by a Google threat for suing them -Not by making a copy or using his name but by abusing in his lack of creativity-.
Maybe the example I mention GoogleDocs is sparse, but sooner or later we will realize that times are changing fast; We no longer occupy both an operating system if it can be done from the cloud -And a mobile of course-. And while desktop PCs will continue to be used and sold, it is forecast that by next year more tablets will be sold than PCs. Gradually we are getting used to concentrating on that tablet which implied a perishable agenda in twelve months, 6 notebooks The University perishable in three, email, drawing notebook, dictionary, music player, grocery shopping list, camera ...
Although I have my discomfort with Google, not only because it can become the next Microsoft but because it may be more bad, I must admit that I admire at least four of its products with which I have been more productive:
- Google Earth / Maps, with which he made us think about cartography in a more daily way
- AdSense, with which Internet advertising became easy
- Google Docs, with easy access to commonly used documents
And of course Chrome, as an example of a product that can win the battle in less than 4 years.