Is Google Chrome destined to win the browser crown?

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Maybe that title should be When Will Google Chrome Win The Browser War?

Browsing the net over the last few months I am starting to get a distinct impression that developers are creating more and more functionality for Chrome than Firefox ā€“ we can forget the proprietary offerings from Microsoft and Apple which are a sealed box. For example, Tweetdeck have created a pretty neat version that runs in Chrome but there isnā€™t even a whisper on the net that they will be porting this to Firefox.

I refer to two programs ā€“ Minimalist For Gmail and Minimalist for Google Calendar ā€“ which will allow you to customise the interface to both services, but they are for Chrome only. Dropbox has created a plugin that allows you to link with your stored folders from a button on the Chrome toolbar, no such facility exists for Firefox.

In January last year I wrote a piece highlighting the delays in squashing bugs in Firefox 3.6 and it is interesting that Google Analytics show that on this site Firefox just noses ahead with 33.22% of readers using the Mozilla offering but chasing up close behind with 32.63% are Chrome users. IE trails behind with 16.80%.

Is Firefox losing the battle? What are your views?

Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.