Thursday, September 04, 2008


Man, lots of multiple "O" titles today.

As I expected, the Google team has altered the Google Chrome Terms of Service (thanks to OhCaptain for pointing it out). Specifically, the unsavoury Section 11 has been reduced to this:

11. Content license from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

That's all there is now. Much, MUCH better.

There's still the odd seemingly anti-open source sections, but I don't intend to do any development with Chrome, so they don't affect me. I imagine the link to the Open Source license supercedes these anyway. I still wonder if someone under 18 can legally use it though :).

Section 8.3 is still a bit worrisome, but I'd guess is still a holdover from the Services it's more appropriate for. Forcing filters on Chrome would actually break the browser and make it less appealing to people. Because we all know (sing it with me!) The Internet is for Porn.

So I'll start taking Chrome for a test drive whenever I'm online this weekend. It looks promising.

Of course, I imagine Firefox and Opera will try and catch up, since they're the most affected by this.

Google portrays Chrome as focused on Internet Explorer, but let's be honest here, the people would who use Chrome, especially in public BETA, are the people who use Firefox and Opera and maybe Safari. The IE users at this point are using it because they don't know any better or are afraid of change. Sure, IE7 is a vast improvement over previous versions, but it still lags behind the other options.

But Google is nothing if not persistent. Once it's out of testing, I imagine we'll see it start to eat away at Microsoft's dominance a bit more.

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