Google lOl’s at Microsoft

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According to StatCounter Global Stats, in the worldwide browser wars Google Chrome has overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer with a 32.43% market share v’s 32.13% and in a strong third place is Firefox at 25.55%. This is based on over 15 billion page views in the month of May. It could be argued that it is Firefox’s strength which has enabled Chrome to get the top spot!

The Continental and BRIC statistics we found interesting. Asia & South America have Chrome at # 1, Africa and Europe – Firefox and North America & Oceania -Internet Explorer.

Brazil, Russia and India all have Chrome at # 1 whilst China has Internet Explorer with a staggering market share of over 70%.

Here are the graphs for:

The UK

 Europe

 and the USA

You can get, from the Global Stats site  almost any graph you ever dream’t of  for market shares by any country in the world. You can even analyse a rather interesting graph for Antarctica where Firefox currently leads the pack although appropriately, we thought, Safari was ahead last summer!

Google, via its Chief Internet Evangelist, Vint Cerf, has, sort of, outlined their policy on applications for the new gTLD’s in a blogpost.

They have submitted applications under four categories:

  • “Our trademarks, like .google
  • Domains related to our core business, like .docs
  • Domains that will improve user experience, such as .youtube, which can increase the ease with which YouTube channels and genres can be identified
  • Domains we think have interesting and creative potential, such as .lol”

Some commentators think they may have submitted up to fifty applications which they have multiplied by the application fee of $185,000 to give a > $10 million ish figure although we all know that certainly for a single application the likely cost is > $500,000 so Google’s potential investment is likely much greater than the 10 number.

Lots of attention in the media (mainly mainstream) is given to the .lol reference but we thought the virtually generic .docs was as interesting and we wonder if there might be some competition on that one.

We shall see when ICANN eventually, after their horrendous problems with their TAS system  reveal all the applicants and names within a month or so.

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