How Chrome Won The War Of Browsers
“When you play the game of browser thrones, you win or you lose. There is no middle ground.”
Since it burst on the scene in 2008, Google Chrome has steadily been gathering power until, in 2014, it was crowned the new king of the browsers.
In the latest infographic from Cloud Solutions, a leading provider of Google for Work and Google Apps solutions, we see Chrome’s journey to power, from the new kid on the block to ruler of the world. They explore the reasons behind Chrome’s popularity, how it meets the needs of consumers and businesses, and how it plans on keeping the throne with improved features in 2015.
According to the infographic, the Opera v Microsoft lawsuit of 2007 was the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer’s reign. Opera accused Gates’ software giants of having a stranglehold over internet users by tying Internet Explorer in to the Windows OS.
In their antitrust complaint, Opera criticized Microsoft for depriving their customers of a genuine choice for their browser.As the dominant system, Windows was used on more than 9 out of every 10 PCs in 2009, which meant that Internet Explorer held 60% of the global browser market.
And in 2009, the EU agreed – ruling in favor of providing Microsoft’s consumers with a choice of browsers. As part of the 5 year agreement, all new purchases of Windows-based PCs had to offer a choice of browser. Existing EU web users running Microsoft’s Windows 7, XP or Vista were also offered a choice of browsers, including Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Released in 2008, Chrome was in the right place at the right time, cutting a wedge into Microsoft’s online empire.
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