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Prepare yourself. It's a new month, and that can only mean a tsunami of articles on the popularity of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox will flood the globe's news aggregators. For non-mobile computers, March followed the trend emerging over the past 12 months: growth for Chrome, a drop in use of IE and Firefox stuck in a …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    Using Catalyst with Chrome and IE?

    "Browsium said every discussion it's had in the last six months with its customers has been about using Catalyst with Chrome in addition to IE. Not one discussion involved Firefox"

    Maybe it's because they are using Firefox, Chrome and Opera without using Catalyst?

  2. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Not the same strategy...

    Not really the same strategy. There's a very significant differences between Microsoft's past browser strategy and Google's. That is, when Microsoft "recommended" IE, they were at times making pages that did not follow industry standards, or even attempt to. They were in fact trying to use non-standard behaviors and addons and extensions to lock people into the use of IE specifically, making pages that in fact did not work properly except on IE. They then made no effort FOR YEARS to improve their standards compliance, expecting people to accomodate the limitations and bugs of IE. See the complaints of businesses that still have IE6 for their custom site for the remaining examples of this.

    Google is making Chrome conform to HTML5, recommending people use HTML5, and (by specifically supporting recent IE and Firefox), making sure they are not using some odd corner case of HTML5 that only Chrome supports to lock out other browsers. Also, in reality I haven't come across a google product that actually *needs* newest firefox, they just don't want the support nightmare of providing *formal* support for browsers that the browser vendors themselves aren't really supporting (they support it by recommending getting the newer version.)


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