Chrome is the New Internet Explorer Killer

Wow, it’s been a while since last update! Anyway, here’s something curious for you – if you look at http://gs.statcounter.com/, you’ll see the market share of IE steadily declining, that of Firefox staying about the same, and Chrome steadily rising, suggesting IE users switching to Chrome, not Firefox.

I have a possible explanation – it’s the clever way Chrome installation works. To install and update Chrome, you don’t need admin rights on Windows systems – it installs all files into user profile, which means that all the corporate users logging on with limited permissions to corporate systems can install and use Chrome themselves, and all the security patches will be applied silently without anyone noticing, including the IT departments.

Firefox installation and updates require administrative account, and so far there has been no official way to distribute patches throughout corporate networks. While administrators would love to provide users an alternative to IE due to its atrocious security record, the pain of keeping Firefox updated is obviously greater than dealing with IE’s security issues.

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