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Happy Third Birthday, Chrome!

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Google's Chrome browser is turning 3 today.

First released on September 2, 2008, Chrome is credited with fueling the browser speed race to accelerate JavaScript as well as a trend that removed the focus on complex menus and shifted it to more space for web content.

Chrome has not been an instant hit. It took Google over half a year to collect more than 2 percent market share as users took time to adjust to the radically different look of the minimalist interface. However, since the second quarter of 2009 Chrome has been adding market share from its rivals IE and Firefox aggressively and has recently broke the 23 percent mark, according to StatCounter. At the current pace, Google will surpass Firefox in November at the 26 percent mark and could exceed IE's share by mid-2012 at about 32 percent.

As Mozilla challenged Microsoft in 2004 with Firefox and reignited a browser war we thought was long gone, it is Google that has been fueling the battle with a rapid innovation cycle in web browsers that has caused more than one headache for Microsoft and Mozilla. Both have responded to Google's speed and interface challenge and significantly accelerated their browsers. Mozilla recently also adopted Google's rapid release cycle model that unveils a new browser version available every six months. Microsoft has also cut its release cycle in half and is generally believed to be on a 1-year release cycle, instead of the previous 2-year cycle (Microsoft does not officially comment on its release cycle).

While the business model of Chrome as well as the Chrome-based Chrome OS is questioned, Chrome has become a critical component in Google's structure that protects core revenues. Chrome users are strongly tied to the use of Google's search engine and are seen as key in shielding Microsoft's attempts to attract search advertising business to Bing. Google said that there are currently 160 million active Chrome users.

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    eddieroolz , September 4, 2011 5:07 AM
    While I may have been a vocal critic of Google and Chrome at times, I must congratulate Chrome on its third birthday. You've come a long way and did indeed accelerate the browser wars.
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    stm1185 , September 4, 2011 4:16 AM
    Well Google's plan to get people away from using Bing with Chrome has failed at least once as I set Bing as the default search engine.

    Take that Corporate Brand Identity Stooges!
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    legacy7955 , September 4, 2011 4:35 AM
    Ever since the Black Bar of Distraction showed up on the Google Web Search page I've refused to use it. I now use Alta Vista as my home page. PS iHATE Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and "the Wiggo" Chris Wiggins.
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    legacy7955 , September 4, 2011 5:06 AM
    otacon723 years and it's on version 14...LOL


    While Google Chrome is still better and faster than the others I think it is getting slower not faster as time goes by. They are adding features and this is slowing it down gradually.

    So who is going to create the next "light weight super fast" browser? .
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    eddieroolz , September 4, 2011 5:07 AM
    While I may have been a vocal critic of Google and Chrome at times, I must congratulate Chrome on its third birthday. You've come a long way and did indeed accelerate the browser wars.
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    zodiacfml , September 4, 2011 6:12 AM
    i've been using chrome ever since it came out. not much to ask for, maybe, more reliability when opening 20+ or more tabs.
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    randomizer , September 4, 2011 6:17 AM
    I use Chrome as my main browser at work. I'm not sure why though because I don't even like it. Perhaps it is time I switched to Firefox Nightly :D 
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    Anonymous , September 4, 2011 6:43 AM
    I'm still sticking with firefox,but have to admit that chrome impressed me.
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    andy5174 , September 4, 2011 6:45 AM
    legacy7955While Google Chrome is still better and faster than the others I think it is getting slower not faster as time goes by. They are adding features and this is slowing it down gradually. So who is going to create the next "light weight super fast" browser? .

    Yeah, I feel that the current version is significantly slower. It might be due to "Predict Network Action", which could possibly be turned on by default and hidden from users in older versions, being turned off by me. Don't quote me on this.
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    tiang , September 4, 2011 7:30 AM
    With CHROME, Microsoft tries hard to improve IE and users will get the best.
    Happy Birthday Chrome. You are the best browser as for now!
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    Archean , September 4, 2011 7:54 AM
    I haven't bothered with Chrome ever, people who fret about few thousandth of a second probably need such browser but not me ;) 

    I have been using FF (now FF7B) and IE (now 9) and they do all what I needed them to do without missing a beat.
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    alidan , September 4, 2011 7:59 AM
    legacy7955Ever since the Black Bar of Distraction showed up on the Google Web Search page I've refused to use it. I now use Alta Vista as my home page. PS iHATE Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and "the Wiggo" Chris Wiggins.


    is it really that distracting? i don't even notice it now, and when i first seen it i was wondering, how long has that been there.
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    alidan , September 4, 2011 8:01 AM
    ArcheanI haven't bothered with Chrome ever, people who fret about few thousandth of a second probably need such browser but not me I have been using FF (now FF7B) and IE (now 9) and they do all what I needed them to do without missing a beat.

    firefox for me, sucks with anything multimedia, either crashing, or playing it unreliably, so i use alturnative browsers. and chrome is my second choice, followed by opera, and if all else fails ie8
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    Archean , September 4, 2011 8:15 AM
    Strange, I never have any such issues. But with zillions of configurations out there, each case is unique in its own right.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 4, 2011 8:51 AM
    randomizerI use Chrome as my main browser at work. I'm not sure why though because I don't even like it. Perhaps it is time I switched to Firefox Nightly

    I've been using Nightly for a long time. I love it. I think I'm using Firefox 9 Alpha 1 now. I don't notice any extra "features" because I never look into them. I just use the basic browser, and take advantage of the fact that it's 64-bit.
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    Fokissed , September 4, 2011 9:10 AM
    legacy7955Ever since the Black Bar of Distraction showed up on the Google Web Search page I've refused to use it. I now use Alta Vista as my home page. PS iHATE Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and "the Wiggo" Chris Wiggins.

    Maybe chrome isn't for people that anal about a title bar color
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    ben850 , September 4, 2011 9:32 AM
    legacy7955Ever since the Black Bar of Distraction showed up on the Google Web Search page I've refused to use it.


    lol'd
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    ojas , September 4, 2011 10:15 AM
    Chrome's a good browser, loved it.

    Going off topic, i realised that there's not been much spam on the last few articles. Finally!
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    in_the_loop , September 4, 2011 11:06 AM
    Firefox is still much better than chrome for me(and should be for any serious user that uses a lot of plug-ins).

    Extensions/plug-ins are still not in the same league.
    Some examples are adblockers and flashblockers which is 10 times better in FF.
    Last pass works much better in FF when you want to access certain things.
    And loads of plug-ins are just still missing in Chrome (it is getting better though)
    Bookmarks is a joke in Chrome and it isn't even faster when you try the compare the latest builds. It didn't even feel faster before that for me(never has), probably because adblocking isn't really stopping the ads to load in Chrome, they are just hidden.

    Anyway, I still use Chrome for just one thing : Chrome2Phone which is a handy way to get webpages of the Pc to my android phone.
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    Anonymous , September 4, 2011 12:24 PM
    Love Chrome . Uninstalled Firefox because all updated versions are really no different that I can tell , from version 4 . All alike , all no faster than version 4. I'll take Chrome over Firefox any day and I was a big Firefox fan.
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    alidan , September 4, 2011 3:57 PM
    ArcheanStrange, I never have any such issues. But with zillions of configurations out there, each case is unique in its own right.


    im guessing you are talking to me...

    i have a few extentions, and on a fresh start up, firefox can run everything easily, but after a while, ff starts to suck on multimedia. flash based things start to pause every now and than, and if i have a bunch of tabs open, everything multimedia goes to hell, but i intalled bartab, it sucks with version 8, but whatever, it stops tabs from loading while still saving them on startup, and i'm ok with that.

    but chrome, even like now, i have i think 30-50 tabs open, and if i go to youtube, flawless play, even if it is FAR more resource hungry.
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