140 - 01 March 2013
Author: Jim Szymanski

Chrome dropped 1.21%, while IE gained 0.68% in market share last month, putting Chrome at a 17 month low. Hell, if wasn’t for Chrome being attached to every free app download on the Internet, including the ever popular Adobe Reader, I wonder if anyone would actually use it.

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  1. I know, right? Chrome is a useless thing for people duped by half-assed marketing tricks!

    By the way, source please? And is this worldwide or US?

    Ooo I’m about to feel so good once I submit this comment it’s going to glide through so fast thanks to hardware acceleration and whatever.

  2. Weird, statcounter, whom we have a history of citing, doesn’t seem to have your back either on US or worldwide with IE dropping and Chrome bumping up:


    Well I’ll keep digging for something to back your claim. I know, how about our own website’s data, that’s gotta be accurate!

    • Your link is pretty old. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/01/internet-explorer-continues-growth-past-55-market-share-thanks-to-ie9-and-ie10-as-chrome-hits-17-month-low/

      You are welcome.

      • Yeah I saw that (I google news’d chrome ie). They also mention the statcounter data for February though and how it contrasts with some other outfit I hadn’t heard of. But thank you anyway and congrats on your 0.68%. Wow that’s even more than double your entire Windows Phone enterprise concentration. Mind blown.

  3. My wife forgot to uncheck the boxes last time she updated adobe reader on her laptop. Not only did it install Chrome but it also flipped all the defaults on the system from Bing to Google, for all users.

    • Yep. I now set Adobe to update automatically on machines. If they don’t ask, they can’t install Chrome…..yet.

  4. Well, Ars reported it too, I’ve always sung their praises, so I’ll concede defeat this time and not argue about sources and how this was measured.


    That said, to suggest that Chrome would have been a flop with a subtle amount of promotion is categorically absurd Jim. You may be happy with IE, you might have seen one of those dumb demos where the goldfish swim around really fast, it might have blocked some sort of dangerous site for you that made you glad, you yap it up with fellow Microsoft enthusiasts, BUT Chrome is a hell of a browser. You underestimate people in general to attribute its massive and rapid adoption to whatever you mean by likening it to Adobe Reader.

    You should have likened it to the Ask Toolbar in Java update installations to make your dumb point, more people would identify with that.

    One of the things you could write about in another Dear M$FT article is why don’t they write a good television ad like Google, the kind people rewind their DVR to watch again and go on Youtube to comment on how brilliant it is. Are these tap dancing and Google-bashing bits the best they can do? Can’t do the heavy lifting required to sell Windows Phones and get Bing off the ground and off life support with such mediocrity.


  5. Never said Chrome was a bad browser. And as I haven’t used it, I can’t comment on its benefits or shortfalls. I agree that things like the Ask toolbar are much more troublesome (not implying that Chrome is troublesome) and seriously wish it would all stop.

    But if it is as good as you say it is, why does it have to be pushed on people. Why not an opt in checkbox instead of an opt out. Anecdotal I know, but I have cleaned up 8 machines in the past 6 months for friends. And every one had Chrome installed (I think Ask was on 4-5). In every case the user didn’t know how it got there and didn’t mind me removing it. Google has access to unlimited marketing resources. Shouldn’t they be able to advertise the crap out of it and not need to sneak it in.

  6. Could you be more specific in what ways you object to Google promoting Chrome and what’s this about a checkbox that you think shouldn’t be opt-in in Chrome? What checkbox?

    This is news to me that Chrome is in any way being “snuck” into computers. I would love to know more about it, other than your anecdotal evidence that it happened.

    Perhaps it happened to these friends of yours because someone like me paid them a visit and, asked or volunteering or being hired to clean up their computers and speed them up, after getting rid of the usual crap he slides in Chrome?

    Chrome has almost a 40% share worldwide, in just over three years from its debut it overtook Firefox, several months later IE. It may be the default browser of course on Chromebooks but those aren’t that ubiquitous yet to give it the same advantage IE has. You cannot shower the globe with enough proper advertisements or duplicitous advertisements and tricks for that matter to get a crap product to do that and also be heavily accoladed, you also need an excellent product too, and indeed that is what Chrome is and it is widely regarded as such.

    Privacy concerns are addressed within Chrome, Google makes no secrets of what they do and how you can get them to stop doing certain things like URL discovery, they don’t just give you boxes to check or uncheck and let you read privacy statements, or just give you the easy to use Incognito mode, they also let you use Chromium, which is like Chrome minus Google, and it is open source for anyone to dig through and examine its code for sneaky tricks before compiling and running it. It’s a good browser if you secretly love and vocally hate Google, or if you want to make your own browser that is like Chrome but with any customization you want to make.

    So, Chrome has both been selling itself and boosted by really impressive TV spots and whatever else they do, the horrible extent of which I thought was limited to banner ads and inserts on Google’s homepage if you’re not already running Chrome. It helps block the proliferation of viruses, it doesn’t lead the way by actually sneaking onto computers itself. First time I’ve ever heard that.

  7. Well I use chrome only to access some of chrome apps.

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