Google launched their Chrome web browser on 2nd September 2008. Those were exciting times. Internet Explorer, the once undisputed leader of the market with close to 95% share, was watching its pie being eaten gradually by Firefox. Though the two web browsers were fighting it out, there was a sort of status quo. A year back, iPhone had been launched and with it came the mobile version of the Apple Safari browser. Things were heating up.
And Google stepped in with their own browser program. It was big news in the technology industry, but for the casual web user, it meant little. No one thought that in just a few years Chrome would overtake Firefox, and then Internet Explorer, to become the most popular web browser.
The success of Chrome can be attributed to several factors:
Though Chrome has a loyal following and the majority of the market share (it’s almost 50% in December 2015 as per StatCounter’s global stats), I feel many users don’t take the full advantage of the program. So why should you sign in at Chrome? How is that going to help?
When you sign in at Chrome, all bookmarks, passwords, history and other settings are copied and synchronised across all gadgets. This is especially useful nowadays when most of us access the web from several devices – computers, cell phones, tablets. As you can understand, this keeps everything well organised and saves tons of time.
So without further ado, let’s get started. All you need is a Google account. If you have a Gmail email address or a Google+ account, you are all set. The username and password of these accounts can be used to sign in at Chrome. Else, please refer how to create a Google account for step by step instructions.
Before we begin, here is an important note: Do not sign in at Chrome from devices you don’t trust. For instance, computers in a cyber cafe, or cellphones/tablets of strangers.
I leave you now with a little-known fact. The Omnibox was first implemented on Google Chrome. However, it was first announced for Mozilla’s Firefox browser.
Cheers and let me know if this helped you.
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