It has been suggested by Google’s vice president, Sundar Pichai, that after Chrome exits beta (in January 2009), Google might do deals with OEMs to equip new PCs with Chrome by default. This might finally kick Internet Explorer out of the top browser position after 9 years.
Before Chrome came along, I had no reason to use Firefox or anything else – they were basically the same speed, and IE looked shiny 😉 When I saw Chrome, however, I realised it was faster and shinier, so it became my default browser. Early on, it had problems with Flash (visiting YouTube was frustrating), but an update fixed that.
People say that Google collects all of your browsing information, but hey, they’re not gonna sit around giggling at your repeated visits to little porcelain doll auctions on eBay, are they?
When IE8 comes along, I might change my mind. But right now, I’m sticking with my shiny, shiny Chrome.