ABSTRACT
Since Chrome’s initial release in 2008 it has grown in market share, and now controls
roughly half of the desktop browsers market. In contrast with Internet Explorer, the
previous dominant browser, this was not achieved by marketing practices such as
bundling the browser with a pre-loaded operating system. This raises the question
of how Chrome achieved this remarkable feat, while other browsers such as Firefox
and Opera were left behind. We show that both the performance of Chrome and its
conformance with relevant standards are typically better than those of the two main
contending browsers, Internet Explorer and Firefox. In addition, based on a survey of
the importance of 25 major features, Chrome product managers seem to have made
somewhat better decisions in selecting where to put effort. Thus the rise of Chrome is
consistent with technical superiority over the competition.
Subjects World Wide Web and Web Science, Software Engineering
Keywords Web browser, Market share, Benchmark results, Google Chrome, Feature selection
ABSTRACT Since Chrome’s initial release in 2008 it has grown in market share, and now controls roughly half of the desktop browsers market. In contrast with Internet Explorer, the previous dominant browser, this was not achieved by marketing practices such as bundling the browser with a pre-loaded operating system. This raises the question of how Chrome achieved this remarkable feat, while other browsers such as Firefox and Opera were left behind. We show that both the performance of Chrome and its conformance with relevant standards are typically better than those of the two main contending browsers, Internet Explorer and Firefox. In addition, based on a survey of the importance of 25 major features, Chrome product managers seem to have made somewhat better decisions in selecting where to put effort. Thus the rise of Chrome is consistent with technical superiority over the competition. Subjects World Wide Web and Web Science, Software Engineering Keywords Web browser, Market share, Benchmark results, Google Chrome, Feature selection
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