Statcounter June 2013: Google Chrome reigns supreme, IE comes in second

This might be surprising but if the latest statistics from StatCounter are to be believed, then Google Chrome reigns supreme in the browser wars.

According to the graph you see above Chrome is now dominating in most of the world with a global marketshare of 42%, while the beleaguered IE stands at 24%.

Google said as much back in May at their I/O event when they claimed that Chrome had become the most popular browser in the world with over 750 million users, 300 million being added in the last year alone. Of course Google didn’t mention how many of these users are browsing on a mobile phone, but it’s a good bet that ever since Chrome launched on Android it has replaced the default OEM browser.

Yes it seems like the days when IE was the undisputable king of browsing are long gone and the new kid in town is calling all the shots. Google’s Chrome has seen a constant rise in marketshare ever since it launched in 2008. Back then its speed, soft resource footprint and clean interface made it a great alternative to the omnipresent IE and the popular Firefox.

Though in recent times many say that Chrome itself has become bloated and slow while the competition has become leaner, faster and better than ever. We’ll have to wait and see if Chrome can maintain its ruling position or if it slides back in second place.

Thanks to our forum member gameboy1977 for pointing this out!

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I personally have firefox/chrome/ie or safari in mac and use them for different things. Some pages work better on IE, some work better in Firefox and some work better in Chrome. People think I am crazy for using 3 browsers at once... anyone else do this?

I mainly use IE and FX but also regulary use Iron (junk-free Chrome). Depends on which browser I click first or what I do, as some pages work better in particular browsers.
Often I have IE/FX both open.
IE is lightweight, but has little support with webdevelopers (including remote files from sources I don't want to include files from... i'm looking at you Neowin). FX has its plugins, can't go without greasemonkey on some sites, and love stylie
And I use Iron if I feel the need to browse the web without anyone tracking me. IE10 keeps track of what I visit, so does FX and normal Chrome.
And for banking I use IE10Metro, knowing its completely sandboxed so nothing from within IE10 can access the system but more importantly, nothing from the system can access the sandbox. With FX, Chrome, Opera, Safari and IE10desktop that's still the case, no matter how strong their sandboxing is.

As always, use the browser YOU like, not the browser some random Internet peson tells you to use. If your current browser works, fine, continue to use it. You'll be fine.

Frankenchrist said,
As always, use the browser YOU like, not the browser some random Internet peson tells you to use. If your current browser works, fine, continue to use it. You'll be fine.

With the exception of when that browsers stupidly old and insecure - a very good sentiment indeed

Also I saw that website says that who is really king search engines and it answered is Google too, but there is no google service in China. I agree with some of you says that EU is full of dumb asses.

EU got influenced by other companies to hunt down Microsoft.
Mozilla, Opera and Sun are a few of those that pushed the EU into fining MS.
Most of the Anti-MS hatred in the world comes from these 3 companies. And unfortunately they influenced people within the EU to misuse the EU's anti-monopoly laws.
The laws itself are good. But don't forget who's been lobbying behind the scenes to get this nonsense done.

If I were MS, I'd deliver a Windows without a browser, no media player, no nothing and give a popup notice with the EU's complaints. EU can't convince its citizens to switch to OSX or Linux and then MS would bounce the sh*t right back to the EU.

Look at google is really monopoly at 10 times than Microsoft. One day EU will take care of anti-trust against Google. I learned that Google is so richest company than other companies.

Google needs similar spanking MS received over a decade ago.
Don't think Google is any worse then MS has been in some area's. They both bring plenty of positive points to the table. MS did horrible things and settled down a bit after a few slaps on the hands. Hopefully Google will settle back down after a few slaps as well.

They are all horrible when they feel they can misuse their power and get away with it.

Until Chrome plays nice with Flash and Google stops paying to be white-listed, I've moving back to Firefox

It varies wildly within countries and within sites.

A lot of the websites the company I work for manage see IE being the majority browser simply because many people in business still use it. The latest versions of IE are pretty good on the whole but there are plenty still using IE7 which isn't very capable.

Ive been using maxthon for the last few months, i have to say this browser is pretty fast, secure and has similar addons like firefox/chrome.

i cant believe i waited so long to give maxthon a shot.

Hitman2000 said,
Ive been using maxthon for the last few months, i have to say this browser is pretty fast, secure and has similar addons like firefox/chrome.

i cant believe i waited so long to give maxthon a shot.

A browser made by the red army? no thank you

john.smith_2084 said,

A browser made by the red army? no thank you


Why not, the device/system your posting with has parts originating from red army country.
Also half (if not more by now) the internet runs on hardware from the oriental.

john.smith_2084 said,

A browser made by the red army? no thank you

meh everything is made in china anyway.

china can spy on me all they want, all they would find is my fairly normal porn history...

20legend said,
Google Chrome reigns supreme...............but STILL can't handle multi-row tabs, pffft!

chrome://flags/
- Add grouping to tab context menu = enable
- Enable Tab Browser Dragging = enable
- Stacked Tabs = enable

not multi row tabs, but may help

Thanks for telling me what an intranet is. Something everyone browsing this web site already know.

My point still stand.

Intranet ?

Many systems never leave the intranet, this accounts for a few dozens of millions of systems. Maybe a few 100million.

For proper statistics all browser usage has to be reported. From what I can tell, statcounter is more 'selective' then .net when it comes to statistics.

Statcounter calculates precached (cheating IMO since google precache's dozens of pages more then it actually loads/displays) and throws phones and desktops on 1 pile while both have different browsing behaviors.

LaP said,
Thanks for telling me what an intranet is. Something everyone browsing this web site already know.

My point still stand.

Intranet ?

You're compartmentalizing my response and disassociating the example I gave you.

Browsers are used in a massive number of client/server activities that go nowhere near the public internet (i.e. Intranets). In my experience and expectation, due to is de-facto presence, group-policy controllability and relatively low-resource footprint (I'm think Terminal Servers here), IE surely reigns?

My point still stand

We are talking about internet browser market share here. Of course IE dominate the Intranet world. But Intranet is irrelevant when we are talking about Internet browser market share. Those stats are not totally meaningless to someone who is building a public web site.

From statcounter web site : "We provide independent, unbiased stats on internet usage trends.".

But anyway these days everyone should build standard web sites, apps and services (even Intranet ones) that are working in all major browsers. It might cost a little bit more to build them but they are more future proof when people (or cie) upgrade their browser. In the long run you are likely to save more money on maintenance than it will cost you to build it standard.

I have used IE and Firefox for years.....but they are crap IMO

Chrome lets me sign in on my desktop or android device or wherever I may be and All my bookmarks and passwords and forms are all with me no matter what.

And I still thinks its faster at opening pages and very easy to use.

meaningless. net applications says just the opposite, plus it has been well documented stat counter counts browser pre-cache hits like actual hits and chrome is very aggressive on pre-caching.

Going from our own internal numbers (unique visitor) net application numbers are not any better than statcounter ones (we have around 100 000 unique visitors a month). net application always have IE significantly higher that our own internal numbers. We have IE (all version combined) at around 30% internally.

They are all meaningless. The only good numbers are your own internal numbers.

This actual use, or installs? I know Chrome gets installed if not deselected while installing other programs. Probably became more popular because of the phones. And dont know what the OP meant about bloat, i never noticed any.

Either way, I only use Chrome on my phone and I dont use IE. I use FF.

You do realize these stats are from active use not installs? You do realize these stats include desktop and phone? You do realize that Android is the number 1 phone in the world? You do realize that a lot of people even install Chrome on their iOS devices? You do realize in the majority of the western world, most people typically use their tablets and phones more than they do their desktops?

Do you realize that many install Chrome as a part of another program and set it as their default without knowing it? Do you realize that I mentioned it was because of phone? Do you realize it is common knowledge that Android is number one and that people use their tabs/phones more than their desktops?

techbeck said,
Do you realize that many install Chrome as a part of another program and set it as their default without knowing it?
So people use their desktops more.

techbeck said,
Do you realize it is common knowledge that Android is number one and that people use their tabs/phones more than their desktops?
Oh so people use their mobile devices more.

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So not only did you partially repeat what I said, but you also managed to contradict your statements at the same time.

This is why I love the Internet. Bravo.

DarkNet said,

So not only did you partially repeat what I said, but you also managed to contradict your statements at the same time.

This is why I love the Internet. Bravo.

No, I did not. Desktop and mobile both have to do with the numbers. You said this is from use and not installs. (which i didnt dispute) I said many install it as part of another program, set it as their default without knowing (I have seen this many times) and use it a few times before changing back. There is an option when installing other programs that ask to install Chrome to set as the default browser. That counts as a use. I then agreed that people do use mobile browsers more than desktops and that has probably has most to do with the Chrome usage.

This is why I love the internet, lack of comprehension.

techbeck said,

This is why I love the internet, lack of comprehension.

Yup, you still don't get it. You arguing stuff I am not arguing about and contradicting yourself in an argument to seem like you "won" then agreeing with me without saying it in the first place.

You see why I love the Internet? Keep being you.

DarkNet said,

Yup, you still don't get it. You arguing stuff I am not arguing about and contradicting yourself in an argument to seem like you "won" then agreeing with me without saying it in the first place.

You see why I love the Internet? Keep being you.

Wow....get over yourself. Not disputing what you said is agreeing with you. If I disagreed, I would make an argument against yours.

You assumed that what I meant about people installing Chrome when installing another program is me saying people use their desktop more. I did not say that. I said that desktop accidental installs help the numbers.

I know Chrome gets installed if not deselected while installing other programs. Probably became more popular because of the phones.

Quoted above is what I said. Again, Chrome gets installed while installing other programs and Chrome probably became MORE popular BECAUSE OF THE PHONES.


I then agreed with you that people browse using their mobile devices more and that was probably the main cause. Not contradicting, you just dont comprehend. I said this all in my first post (and explained it better in another and you still didnt understand) and you had to come back with a smart ass know it all comment assuming things that were not there.. If you cannot what I said, that is your problem.

Good day

Edited by techbeck, Jul 9 2013, 6:29pm :

"Article said"
Though in recent times many say that Chrome itself has become bloated and slow while the competition has become leaner, faster and better than ever.


Chrome is still the fastest browser out there.

How do you define fast? Boot-time? Page-load time? Javascript engine? Render time? As a combination of all of these it's my experience that Chrome is not the fastest. When you also factor in resource usage Chrome falls behind both IE and FF.

not really... I tested chrome with flash player, but it still slow to running for games on the flash player on facebook. Interent Explorer's flash player is very faster than chrome.

gameboy1977 said,
not really... I tested chrome with flash player, but it still slow to running for games on the flash player on facebook. Interent Explorer's flash player is very faster than chrome.

The power of ActiveX plugins vs scripting API's.

Shadowzz said,

The power of ActiveX plugins vs scripting API's.

ActiveX © Making your web experience more miserable since 1996

Flash player have its days set. It won't be long until HTML 5 fully displaces it.

Though I agree. I still prefer much more Flash than HTML 5 playback due to smoother performance.

The sad thing is, I would use the latest version of IE if it had proper extension support, and not the kak-handed way it currently goes about doing it. Not only are they installed as programs, but you can't do enough with the layout of the browser. Each addon adds an icon to a seperate add-on bar which take sup another row of space and makes the whole thing look cluttered.

I'm sort of between browsers at the moment. Chrome is fast but does slow down a lot after a while - when it loads a page it loads instantly, sadly it gets to the point where it's "waiting for a response" for a couple of seconds before it does anything.

Firefox is OK, but the font rendering is still annoying, requiring a fair bit of about:config messing to get it to a point where it's OK. It still has this thing where if you watch a longish flash video then the browser starts to lock up randomly for a second every so often until you close it and open it again.

Opera 15 is a joke. "No one used bookmarks, so we replaced it with speed dial." That's the worst idea ever. A browser without a bookmarks bar is useless. I don't want to type everything into the address bar, and you speed-dialling doesn't work if you have more than 12 pages that you like - especially when some of those pages are different sections of the same site. They've murdered that browser, I understand why one of the founders left over it's "future direction" - it's just becoming a bad fork of Chrome.

Then there are some smaller browsers. Sleipnir I tried - it's lightning fast, it has addon support - but the UI is clunky and there are some weird glitches. Most annoying is that it wants to render the UI everytime you open a new tab or load a page. There are the usual ones like Palemoon, Waterfox and so on, but they don't keep up to date with the new features of Firefox and don't really differ enough for them to be of any value.

Maxthon is actually an amazing browser, but it lacks support for critical extensions like Last Pass and the latest version has lost some customisation ability.

Wakers said,
Opera 15 is a joke. "No one used bookmarks, so we replaced it with speed dial." That's the worst idea ever. A browser without a bookmarks bar is useless. I don't want to type everything into the address bar, and you speed-dialling doesn't work if you have more than 12 pages that you like - especially when some of those pages are different sections of the same site. They've murdered that browser, I understand why one of the founders left over it's "future direction" - it's just becoming a bad fork of Chrome.

Whilst I agree with you (and i'm a long time Opera user) I would also point out that 15 isn't being pushed out as an autoupdate - they're merely saying 'heres our first stable blink build' which is true. They've also openly stated that they'll be bringing back a whole heap of features in the forthcoming (much faster) release schedule. I'm willing to give them some time to prove the point since I'm not really a fan of Google or how Chrome installs (but I do acknowledge blink is substantially better). I don't agree with the bookmark thing either and I can't see them not bringing it back shortly anyway. I do think they went about the whole thing badly as a PR exercise - if they'd said 'most people use speed dial for 90% of their web use' and here's some stats i'd agreed (because this probably describes my usage rather well). Speed dial was/is a good idea (just look at it being copied) for sites you most visit - it's just not a complete replacement of bookmarks. Speed dial does have folders now which mitigates things (but not enough although I find it very useful). Overall I like 15 - it's way quicker than 12.x and much better supported by sites I go to (sad to say). I do like stash quite a lot and discover is 'interesting'.

Did you mean the Opera founder who left a year back? Probably outside the scope of the blink change?


Its the only browser with extension support where you know if you develop an extension, it will work 5 versions into the future.

IE6 ActiveX extensions still work with IE10... Beat that FF or Chrome.
Might be a pain to develop for, but if its done, its done. In the end it is a boat load less work.

Wakers said,
Was it that long ago? I vividly remember him saying "I don't agree with the direction that Opera is going in."

Yup June last year - I think it was more a disagreement that the company needed to make some money etc. Way before blink was a even a google project let alone an Opera one.

On the subject of extensions i'm enjoying borrowing Chrome ones now Most of them seem to work..

I have Chrome installed on my computers for my girlfriend to use so that she doesn't have to log me out of anything on firefox ^^

I much prefer using fire-fox though, consistently the most pleasant browser to use =)

I've been using IE since switching to Win8 desktop / surface and no issues at all. IE touch on the surface works very well and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Still prefer Firefox, followed by IE. I just never liked Chrome and found it performed the worst of the browsers I've used... to each his own

I installed Chrome and Firefox quite a few times on various development VMS and physical machines but that's simply for testing. I prefer IE.

...according to stats counter there are only 30 million people online in china, lol wow that graph is ridiculous, yes everyone in north America is using chrome....another BS claim from stats counter, Google shills.

i thought neowin was going to stop posting garbage from stats counter?

jorel009 said,
...according to stats counter there are only 30 million people online in china, lol wow that graph is ridiculous, yes everyone in north America is using chrome....another BS claim from stats counter, Google shills.

Yes.... so Google has automatically resorted to the same typical shady and underhanded tactics that Microsoft is practically famous for.

/s

jorel009 said,
...according to stats counter there are only 30 million people online in china, lol wow that graph is ridiculous, yes everyone in north America is using chrome....another BS claim from stats counter, Google shills.

i thought neowin was going to stop posting garbage from stats counter?

One problem is that they count every time Google downloads a page in the background just in case the user later visits it. It's counting Chrome's browsing, not the user's.

Order_66 said,

Yes.... so Google has automatically resorted to the same typical shady and underhanded tactics that Microsoft is practically famous for.

/s


Why sarcasm?
Don't pay attention to installing programs and BOOM, Chrome is your default browser.

From time to time, when I visit Google sites in IE10, it gives me a warning "Your browser is insecure and outdated, get a new secure browser now!" or similar.

That isn't sarcasm, these are shady tactics and ways to pump their marketshare with unsuspecting people.

Shadowzz said,

Why sarcasm?
Don't pay attention to installing programs and BOOM, Chrome is your default browser.

From time to time, when I visit Google sites in IE10, it gives me a warning "Your browser is insecure and outdated, get a new secure browser now!" or similar.

That isn't sarcasm, these are shady tactics and ways to pump their marketshare with unsuspecting people.

Actually it's even worse (and hence why i prefer Opera providing my 'chrome') - by default it pumps it's install into your progamdata folder. Think about that - why? Oh, because that way it sidesteps protection around program files etc and is more likely to sneak onto your corp. desktop. Horrible.
There is a 'special' top secret installer that lets you stick it in a fixed location (but hey at least it's in program files). Crappy practices.

I love IE and won't abandon it for any other browser for now, Opera lost all it's features, Chrome is made by Google and way to bloated (and writing CSS and other code for it is a disaster). I use Firefox sometimes to visit some websites that doesn't support IE11, like the forums here, but only for quoting someone.

However, once again: I don't like GS way of counting either. I think that market share means how many procent of the worlds has installed wich browser. Not how many page views are generated by each browser. I also do not like that a country like Belgium (11 miljoen people) has the same influence on the market share as China (1.343 billion people).

LOOOL, "Writing CSS and other code for it is a disaster". Dude you're making yourself look silly. If there's one thing that's fairly reliable cross browser these days its CSS. The only time when it wasn't is before IE 8 came out. All other popular browsers at the time had full CSS support (check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid2). If you find writing CSS for chrome a disaster then you must be either doing it wrong or using IE specific properties that don't work in other browsers. Can you give me an example of some nightmarish CSS you've had to write for Chrome?

There are a lot of floors you could pull chrome up for (as with all browsers) but it's CSS support isn't one of them. All versions of IE pre 10 were a pain to develop for, particularly with JavaScript. Even 10 doesn't support WebGL, something that's been supported by many other browsers for a long time. Most mobile browsers even support it now. IE is always behind the times as far as feature support goes but its made up a lot of ground recently.

Edited by M4x1mus, Jul 9 2013, 11:12am :

I am not sure what part of CSS in Chrome is wrong, they support CSS 3 as per the w3c.org specs, and now they are working on CSS4 http://dev.w3.org/csswg/selectors4/
It is not the 2000's anymore, where everyone implements CSS his own way, and we keep trying different combinations until one of them work, CSS is getting documented in details, and the browser is following those documents.

Studio384 said,
I think that market share means how many procent of the worlds has installed wich browser.

Not really cause everyone using windows have IE installed. The market share is the browser people are using regularly to visit web sites.

It's almost impossible to calculate a precise global market share. You can only know precisely (to an extend) the market share on a particular web site.

M4x1mus said,
LOOOL, "Writing CSS and other code for it is a disaster". Dude you're making yourself look silly. If there's one thing that's fairly reliable cross browser these days its CSS. The only time when it wasn't is before IE 8 came out. All other popular browsers at the time had full CSS support (check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid2). If you find writing CSS for chrome a disaster then you must be either doing it wrong or using IE specific properties that don't work in other browsers. Can you give me an example of some nightmarish CSS you've had to write for Chrome?

There are a lot of floors you could pull chrome up for (as with all browsers) but it's CSS support isn't one of them. All versions of IE pre 10 were a pain to develop for, particularly with JavaScript. Even 10 doesn't support WebGL, something that's been supported by many other browsers for a long time. Most mobile browsers even support it now. IE is always behind the times as far as feature support goes but its made up a lot of ground recently.


Sounds like you don't develop webpages.

Nowadays if I design a site, its IE/Firefox. F*ck Chrome.
More then often it renders differently than IE, FF or Opera.
With IE9 and even more with IE10, it has become the default browser to develop for.
It always looks identical in FF, and sometimes things look more flat, bulky or a different shade/tint in Chrome and I have to resort to using background-images or similar to keep em all identical across browser without browser specific junk.

And even worse, if you develop primarily for Chrome.... The pages often don't or barely work in FF or IE.


Chrome is going the way of IE6 with its Chrome only API's and crap Google is pushing. And with everyone bowing down to their Google overlord, this isn't going to change any time soon.... Enjoy a new 10 year horror era of the WWW guys! Appreciated.

Shadowzz said,

Chrome is going the way of IE6 with its Chrome only API's and crap Google is pushing. And with everyone bowing down to their Google overlord, this isn't going to change any time soon.... Enjoy a new 10 year horror era of the WWW guys! Appreciated.
Right...

So Chrome is becoming IE6 because it has a rich extension API that no other browsers have? Or could you enlighten us about which APIs you feel will make it the new IE6?

It sounds like you don't develop web pages to me... I'll agree that IE10 almost always looks identical to Chrome and FF... Not IE 9 though, try writing some JS and you'll soon run into problems. IE8 and below are just progressively more horrendous. Exacerbating this is the fact that IE<10 have a far greater market share than 10, meaning that you still have to bend over backwards to fix problems in those browsers.

Historically IE has always been the default browser to develop for because it has... had the most market share until very recently so it isn't a surprise that this is the case where you work.

The only modification chrome does to colours is what is recommended by the W3C e.g. when the display devices colour gamut is known, values specified outside of this should be clipped to fit within the display's gamut. If anything, FF and IE should be doing this.

Chrome is not becoming the new IE6 simply because it isn't creating these API's to replace standards, but to enable the developer to take advantage of new features before they are standardized across browsers. No swapping the XMLHttpRequestObject for an ActiveXObject here....

For the record, the browser I most like to develop for is FF.

Edited by M4x1mus, Jul 10 2013, 11:29am :

Too bad neither Android nor iOS never really hit monopoly, otherwise I want them to taste their own EU stick. Bundling Chrome defaulted with Android is the same practice with bundling IE with Windows.

CanonCygnus said,
Too bad neither Android nor iOS never really hit monopoly, otherwise I want them to taste their own EU stick. Bundling Chrome defaulted with Android is the same practice with bundling IE with Windows.

Yeah ain't that a bitch. iOS/X come with Safari, Android with Chrome yet MS got bitch slapped for it but back then nobody but them could even tie their shoes so MS got hit. Now that everyone else is doing it - it's OK... The EU is full of dumb asses - always have been, always will be...


Obry said,

Yeah ain't that a bitch. iOS/X come with Safari, Android with Chrome yet MS got bitch slapped for it but back then nobody but them could even tie their shoes so MS got hit. Now that everyone else is doing it - it's OK... The EU is full of dumb asses - always have been, always will be...

That's why the EU just fined MS what 800 Million for the Windows 7 SP1 with No Choice but Google hacks the Iphone to get eveyones Location Data and drives around in a streetview car that hacks personal wireless info on everyones homes but only gets fined 25 mill *&^&^%^&*( Ouch...

Just a browser folks. This isn't 1999 anymore. I use whatever browser my mouse feels like clicking at that particular moment.

deadheadline said,
Yeah , because security doesn't matter . /s
Internet Explorer = Efficiency and much more man.
The thing is, all browsers have security flaws. It's called the user moving the mouse. Again, any of the top three browsers work fine. Efficiency on a browser? LOL! More important things to worry about. I am efficient with IE, Chrome, or Firefox.

JHBrown said,
Just a browser folks. This isn't 1999 anymore. I use whatever browser my mouse feels like clicking at that particular moment.

If you spend some time and read the Chrome API, you will notice that it is not just a browser anymore, most of the upper layers of the Chrome OS are in the Chrome Browser, you can create a USB Device Driver using JavaScript, you can also create a Web Server using JavaScript as well, and have both running without the Chrome Window.

Of course the API is not fully completed, but you can get the idea, Chrome is becoming the most popular application platform, offline desktop apps that can run on Mac, Windows, Chrome Os and Linux, with zero modification, something Java wanted to do long ago, but did it all wrong.

john.smith_2084 said,

becoming the most popular application platform, offline desktop apps that can run on Mac, Windows, Chrome Os and Linux, with zero modification, something Java wanted to do long ago, but did it all wrong.
If this catches on god help us all.

john.smith_2084 said,
Of course the API is not fully completed, but you can get the idea, Chrome is becoming the most popular application platform, offline desktop apps that can run on Mac, Windows, Chrome Os and Linux, with zero modification
Meh. I am not so sure that is true. I certainly would not code anything for Chrome-specific APIs because that would be falling into the exact same mistake as everyone that locked themselves to IE6-8.

john.smith_2084 said,
something Java wanted to do long ago, but did it all wrong.
I am a Java developer writing multiplatform application/services. Java was successfully able to do that, usually without modification, but no one wants to install Java.

pickypg said,
Meh. I am not so sure that is true. I certainly would not code anything for Chrome-specific APIs because that would be falling into the exact same mistake as everyone that locked themselves to IE6-8.

Could you please enlighten us about the Chrome-specific non-standard APIs you don't want to use? I'm assuming those you refer to has to do with writing extensions and/or apps for Chrome/Chromebooks?

There are sometimes very early API draft implementations, but to use them you need to explicitly enable them in chrome:flags, making them useful only for testing.

With your logic Microsoft is doing the exact same thing with IE and Metro apps, since you can write them using html, css, and javascript using their specific APIs.