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The Browser Times Are Changing

So Chrome has finally broken the 10 percent mark. Google promoting it on every page it owns wouldn’t hurt. Especially when between its search empire and YouTube, Google also commands a huge percentage of the traffic. Microsoft’s own market share is down to 56 percent. Around double Firefox’s 22 percent market share. Opera has increased a little, but not as much as it deserves.

The news isn’t all that good. Chrome isn’t a good browser, it’s just a well promoted one. The only good thing you can say about Chrome is that it’s light, though it has its own memory issues, and easy to flip through. It beats clunkers like IE and Safari, and it feels lighter than Firefox, which is turning into the new IE. That plus the marketing elevates Chrome up in the competition.

Firefox really needs to come up with a winner in 4.0 and they’re taking the time to do it. But can Mozilla turn this around? Firefox was important because it was the first browser to really put IE in the corner. IE9 is Microsoft’s latest attempt to learn from its mistakes, but IE9 is still clunky. Just less clunky than its predecessors. The browser that really gets it is Opera, but it’s also the least used of the big 5.

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