When I first heard that Google Chrome had been developed, I was sceptical. The web browser market is already dominated by Microsoft with its encumbent Internet Explorer, currently at 67%, Mozilla Firefox is steadily gaining its share, currently at around 22%, with other browsers such as Opera and Safari making up the remainder. So the obvious question is why?
Apparently, for Google, it was a purely pratical consideration. The clever developer guys at Google are creating more and more user friendly gadgets, widgets and user-interface tools to make the web easier and more fun to use and therefore more appealing to us (Google makes its money from people using the Internet!). They’re also attempting to corner the market in what’s known as Cloud Computing. This is where applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software run on Google servers instead of on your computer which works in a similar way to web based email, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Google Documents is a popular example of Cloud Computing.
Existing web browsers just can’t cut the mustard
Google Chrome to the rescue
Like all the other web browsers, Google Chrome is free and easy to download and install and even includes a wizard for transferring all your bookmarks and saved passwords over to it.
A quick note to Moodle users: Moodle’s text input editor is not compatible with Google Chrome. You’ll have to wait until Moodle 2.0 to use it! 🙁