We had some conversations in the green and rich comments field for couple of blog posts this week. Two thoughts emerged from those comments were thought provoking. So, here is another post to discuss those two points.
Does Chrome Have Enough Market Share To Make Hard Decisions ?
The problem is when novice users try and use Chrome and canâ€™t play a video, back to IE they will go. Chrome doesnâ€™t have a big enough market share to dictate anything at this time. YouTube on the other hand does.
First of all, thank you for this very intelligent comment ! I was imaging myself as a new user to Chrome and finding it hard to play videos on many websites. I will sure go back to another browser that supports these.
Google may be trying to push innovation to another direction with new technologies and leaving outdated plugins etc. But at the cost of new users ? MakingÂ usabilityÂ of the browser take a cut ? If there is a percentage of websites using this video format and Chrome discontinues it before it can convince everyone to their new WebM video format ?
Does Chrome has enough market share to pull customers, websites and companies towards their direction and make choices for them ? Are we there yet ?
How Many Weeks Is Too Many For An Update
The second topic emerged from the discussions around the 6 weeks release schedule of Â Google Chrome. We are getting updates regularly and frequently with this new plan. This isÂ commendableÂ in the world of browsers which update once a year or so.
However, maldar thinks that this brings new features as early as possible to users, and we don’t have to wait for one year for a next version with new features. Which is, really true.
But Emmet Brown has a different thought. “Since the numbers are really arbitrary, it really doesnâ€™t matter. Although, I do like seeing a higher numbered version every six weeks. Even if it doesnâ€™t actually mean anything, I still like the way Chrome 10 sounds.”
Sometimes it does sound true … right ? Have you ever felt disappointed after a update to Chrome, because there was nothing much for you in it,Â even thoughÂ they had a few features added with that release ?
I am not the right person to answer this question because from the very early days of Chrome, I moved to Development build and has a different pace of getting updates. Â So, what do you think, if you are using Chrome stable version ?
Are you with maldar and believe that you need faster releases to get new updates as fast as possible or do you like the old 3 months cycle where you had major changes with every update, like Joshua Santos ?