Google reduces Chrome browser search PageRank for 60 days


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Microsoft and Mozilla simply couldn’t ask for a better situation. At a time when usage share for their respective browsers sinks, the world’s No. 1 search engine has effectively stripped up-and-comer Chrome from meaningful search ranking. Google demoted Chrome, following a sponsored-link scandal that violates its own policies about paid links. If you Google “browsers” today, unlike yesterday, Chrome won’t appear among top results and is buried pages below.

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January 4, 2012

It’s the Google-Microsoft snow ball fight!


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This holiday, Google has delighted searchers with Easter Egg “let it snow”, which spread virally across blogs and social networks over the weekend. Type “let it snow” into a Google search box and watch the flakes fall. It’s a wonderful HTML5 demo.

Snow ball fight! Microsoft couldn’t let Google’s demo go unanswered, offering its own, which is best for the minority of people running Windows 8 Developer Preview on a PC with touchscreen display. Rob Mauceri, Internet Explorer group product manager explains in post “Let it snow.. faster!” Say, Google, are you going to let Microsoft throw more snow?

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December 22, 2011

Mozilla: Firefox is still No. 2

Mozilla: Firefox is still No. 2

Mozilla is doing some damage control following last week’s double-data whammy from Net Applications and StatCounter. Both firms show Chrome gaining usage share on Firefox. StatCounter claims Chrome will unseat Firefox from second place as early as the end of year. I don’t believe it, but that’s because I trust NetApps stats more, and they’re different.

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October 4, 2011

My God, does ANYONE use Internet Explorer?

My God, does ANYONE use Internet Explorer?

You might think almost no one after looking at results so far to Betanews poll: “Which is your primary web browser?” Only 9.88 percent of respondents answer some version of Internet Explorer, while 50.01 percent choose Chrome. These results could change dramatically, particularly if a fanboy war erupts or simply thousands of IE-loving Microsoft employees take the poll. But for now, the (currently) 1,812 respondents hugely favor Chrome. I’m shocked.

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October 2, 2011

Google Chrome usage rises as Firefox and Internet Explorer fall

Google Chrome usage rises as Firefox and Internet Explorer fall

Internet Explorer lost market share (again) in September, with Google Chrome collecting the difference. Meanwhile, Firefox share is stagnant, as Chrome pushes ever closer to the No. 2 spot in global browser usage share.

It’s first day of the month, and that means new browser share data from Net Applications. Internet Explorer usage share is 54.39 percent, down from 60.35 percent in November 2010. Firefox fell to 22.48 percent from 23.52 percent during the same time period. September marked the fourth consecutive month of decline for Firefox. Meanwhile, Chrome usage share rose to 16.2 percent from 9.57 from November to September, consecutively gaining share for all 11 months.

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October 1, 2011

Where is Internet Explorer 9? Have you seen it?


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Chrome 10 and Firefox 4 blew away IE9 usage share on Windows 7 and overall between March and April, according to NetApplications data. The three browsers all launched within a two-week period.

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May 3, 2011

Lesson for Microsoft: Advertising works


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Today, the Windows Blog has a post about Internet Explorer gaining a seemingly minuscule amount of usage share in July. Ryan Gavin cites Net Applications data showing IE gains for the second month in a row against Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox declines. Month-over-month, IE usage share rose to 60.74 percent from 60.34 percent; Chrome declined to 7.16 percent from 7.24 percent; Firefox declined to 22.91 percent from 23.81 percent. Apple’s Safari gained share — 4.85 percent to 5.09 percent. The share changes are statistically meaningful because of the large number of global users.

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August 2, 2010

IE6 isn’t on the ballot: Will March 1 Windows update kick IE6 out for good?

IE6 isn't on the ballot: Will March 1 Windows update kick IE6 out for good?

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

A screenshot of the first public beta of Microsoft's browser ballot for European Windows users.One of the more obvious, but little mentioned, facts about the upcoming Windows Web browser “choice screen,” to be rolled out to European users via Windows Update March 1, is the absence of one very important choice: sticking with the old version of Microsoft Internet Explorer they may currently be using.

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February 22, 2010

Five cures for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 ills


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Microsoft shouldn’t let Google set the Internet Explorer 6-ending agenda. Google services will stop supporting the browser, starting on March 1. It’s Microsoft ‘s browser and responsibility for putting this antiquated technology — and all Internet users subsequently affected by malicious and criminal activity — out of misery. Save the Web! Stop Internet Explorer 6 now!

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February 3, 2010