Google has claimed that enterprises are flocking to use its Chrome tool as their primary browser over rivals such as Firefox and Internet Explorer due to its speed and simplicity.
Speaking exclusively to V3 the firm’s senior product manager for Chrome for Business, Cyrus Mistry, said the firm sees notable dip in Chrome use during weekdays as most firms are still stuck on older browsers required for legacy applications.
“People want to use Chrome at work. We know lots of people, often in the IT department, use it at home and want to bring it into work. We see the use of Chrome rise on the weekend and fall in the week as a result of this,” Mistry said.
The dip in the week is caused by many firms being forced to use older browsers for application use. However, Google has worked to rectify this issue by bringing in tools to allow firms to operate a dual-browser system for old legacy applications that require older browsers.
“Many firms are stuck on legacy systems and are very frustrated by this and so that’s why we released our two-browser support last week. This means old applications that require older browsers can still be used alongside Chrome,” he added.
Mistry said the desire for Chrome is built out of the ability to run across all major operating platforms, from Linux to iOS to Windows, as well as the focus on removing the clutter around the browser to focus on speed, simplicity, security and stability.
The firm can certainly boast some notable customers including book publishers Pearson and media organisation News International.
“After deploying Chrome, employees told us about how much quicker Chrome is compared to our old browser,” said News International head of enterprise operations, Gareth Wright.
“If you try to open 15 tabs in Internet Explorer, it will crawl to a stop. With Chrome, on the same hardware, that's no problem.”
To date Google has some 310 million Chrome users worldwide and the firm is expected to announce updated figures at its Google I/O conference in May.
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