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Google Chrome 4.0 with Extensions-Its just the beginning

I was looking through the browser stats at the W3schools for the past year and the trend clearly shows an upbeat for Chrome. Chrome released their new 4.0 stable builds and they opened the extension gallery officially with this post here (Head over and catch up with some cool extensions 🙂 ).  With the launch of extension support and extension gallery the stats are only going to better. Well Firefox also did launch a major update the last week moving to gecko 1.9.2 with support for Personas and few other updates but still not a major upgrade

The competition is interesting and still is going to get better this year especially with IE 9 and Firefox 4.0 coming up in the next  quarters. I am more of a Web kit guy and I would still bet on Chrome gaining more market share.  In 2007,when safari got introduced to the windows, i was simply mesmerized with the the font rendering (really miss that on chrome) and the speed of it. I found Weskit to be the culprit behind safari’s elegance.  In Sep 2008 Google created that open community to take Weskit to the place it deserved and a year and half clearly shows the true potential of the rendering engine.

To my understanding what will win in the future of these browser wars is completely based on the potential of the rendering engine and  community they have around them. Firefox  has a big one and Chrome is catching up with them.  IE can file as many patents as they want, but they wont survive long until they help the web with some open standards. Clearly my bet is on chrome, who would you bet on?

Update:- Now Google adds support for GreaseMonkey Scripts which makes Google Chrome take Firefox head on.  read more about the grease monkey script here.  Here is a similar story from Mashable confirming that chrome is indeed stealing market share like i noted above, only that they didn’t take sides on the future about who will win.( o yeah we the users will win 🙂 )

Opera Unite- Not convincing Yet.

This morning’s news paper took me to this article by Chris. Chris Shared his views elaborately on Unite services. There’s a good amount of conversation on his site, i would recommend you to head over to his post to get more on the discussions.

I am writing a post here in detail as i could not  share all my thoughts  on his site due to lack of time.

Opera Unite is a set of services that are integrated into the browser using which one can  share files, photos,  chat with people, and better make it your web server.

These are quite interesting features you can expect to run from a browser. I tried them yesterday, and i was really excited to see the review by Chris. I have to tell you Chris, opera deserves an appreciation for such an attempt given the fact unite is still in its alpha stages and has to go a long way. Its true that all the services are implemented pretty neatly. I felt all the services offered are really not necessary for the layman at least for majority of them. The following are reasons why i think.

  1. Hosting a server on my laptop is good, but it has a long list of limitations and that is why we prefer web hosts.

  2. As for as file sharing goes,  there are a variety of options which i use already, why would i need  to use this. 

  3. With respect to other services,  If i am already using a lot of social sites (facebook, flickr, etc. where i am happy with what i am)  then why would i be interested to move everything into opera’s services. I am sure most of my friends are not on opera’s communities.


p>But there are a few things i really would like to appreciate. Opera is slowly getting that polish as browser which lacked in the previous versions. It really did not seem like an alpha experience, at least not to me trying out the browser and the service. The browser still rocks when you compare it with Chrome or Firefox or Safari or Flock, etc.