In addition by pushing an extremely great browser Google will have the chance of stopping and degrading the feeling of quality of Silverlight applications. They will also reduce the number of Outlook users since now “GMail feels better”. They will also be able to have a “better Office Experience” than Microsoft Office installed natively on the desktop. They will also be able to reduce the number of people which are using Windows since when Office and Outlook “goes” most people will be more than happy with either Apple or maybe even Linux, and so on. And when Microsoft looses revenue, Google earns revenue. In addition to getting rid of their worst competitor. The list goes on into infinity…
Following are some testing results
(All tests were run 10 times for each browser on Windows XP SP3, AMD x64 4400+ with 2GB RAM machine)
It turns out that Google Chrome reached 6th place ahead the poor IE6 only, 49% slower than the fastest browser: Opera 9.5. Firefox 3.1 has not proved faster than the previous version in the tests, even enabling JIT engine made the results worse. (I acknowledge that it’s just pre-release beta version and Tracemonkey is not designed for optimizing DOM manipulation).
Some other conclusions we can get out from the above results (ruling out IE6 which falls far behind others in all tests) are:
- MooTools, Prototype and Dojo got the worst performance in Chrome and surprisingly JQuery enjoyed the second best result.
- JQuery’s selector performs best while YUI 2.5 provides the worst results across browsers (295% slower than JQuery) and Prototype is just slightly better than the worst (269% slower).
- JQuery’s performance is quite browser-neutral while Dojo’s defers a lot from browser to browser, yet both are well optimized for speed.
- Dojo’s selector does not play well in Firefox 3.1 currently causing several errors in tests.
Some are saying Google Chrome has serious memory & CPU issues but we our self have to figure that out.
The Google Chrome was INEVITABLE and just a proof of how extremely smart the strategy guys at Google really are and the size of the “battle” Microsoft is really heading for. Though in that battle we get better products for FREE.
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