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Chrome and Firefox in the Google Pack

Chrome and Firefox in the Google Pack

It’s been more than a year since the free Chrome web browser was included in the free Google software pack. What I noticed is that the company is still promoting Firefox alongside their own program.

Google Chrome and Firefox browsers in the Google Software Pack

I’ve always attributed the decline in Firefox usage to the release of the nifty Chrome web browser. Though my guess may not be entirely correct, I don’t think its way off the mark.

Since its launch in September 2008, Chrome usage has grown steadily. At the time of writing (May 2010), this web browser commands a tad more than 9% of the total pie. In the same period, Firefox has lost 15.5% of its share. Internet Explorer posted a gain of 6.8% which just bolsters my theory that the damage to Firefox usage was done primarily by the free Chrome web browser from Google. A lot of people like me have loved this program and have made it the default on their systems.

So why are two competing programs included the Google Software Pack?
I remember reading that Google had an agreement with Mozilla to promote Firefox, the open source browser. But is Google Pack the best way to do this?

I’m waiting for the day when this agreement ends… Will the Chrome usage jump up?

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