This week in Google, Chrome surged ahead of IE to become the most popular browser of all. New features were also released, including a multiple signin and a new API for Google Analytics.
Chrome, the Most Popular Browser
You read that right! The latest version of Google's Web browser just passed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) to become the most popular desktop web browser in all the land. According to statistics from StatCounter, Chrome 15 took 23.6% of the worldwide market compared to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 at 23.5% in the last full week of November.
"Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Looking at the daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October. However, Chrome 15 overtook IE8 for the first time during the five day working week, in week commencing 5th December. It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up."
If you're a Chrome supporter, note that the golden ticket here is browser version. If one aggregates all versions, IE still leads the global market with Chrome in second.
Chrome Supports Multiple Users
Whenever I use a friend's computer to sign into my gmail account, a lot of unpleasant things happen: They get annoyed at the thought of having to re-login later, I'm disoriented because all of my personalized info is nowhere to be found, and I'm paranoid for the rest of the day, wondering if I left my account signed in and all of my secrets up for grabs.
Google Chrome's latest update solves two of those problems. The fix supports multiple user sign in, which tows all of your bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, and other settings. When you boot the latest version of Chrome, click the wrench in the top right side of the browser, and you’ll see the option to sign in:
As for the paranoia, maybe that's just me. In any case, you can always scroll down to the bottom right of the screen while in your inbox. There's a tiny Details link there that will show you where all of your account activity has taken place, and within that there's the option to sign out of all other sessions.
A New API for Google Analytics
The new Google Analytics Core Reporting API replaces the previous Data Export API, and comes in two flavors: Version 3.0 is all new, containing new libraries for other languages like PHP, Ruby, and Python. The version 2.4 API is a legacy release. It will maintain compatibility with the previous Data Export API version 2.3.
If you use the 2.3 API, you'll need to update within the next six months. The XML requests, Data Export API Account Feeds and all configuration data will be ousted by that time.