Marc Andreessen, whose first startup, Netscape Communications, introduced the consumer web to millions thanks to its Netscape browser, seems to be suitably impressed by Google’s recently released Chrome browser. He waxed eloquent about Chrome during an onstage conversation with Portfolio magazine contributing editor Kevin Maney at The Churchill Club in Palo Alto, Calif. “Any desktop application that has not been implemented in the browser is now going to be implemented in the browser,” Andreessen said. It was an idea he had espoused over a decade ago.
“Super interactive browser that sits atop a super-fast connection…now interesting things will happen over the next 5-10 years,” he said. While he talked at length about Facebook, Twitter, Qik and Ning, it was his comments about the Chrome browser that were quite interesting.
Why? Because back in the day he was one of the first few people to talk about the browser as an operating environment. I had bought into the concept then, and I buy into it now. With always-on connections feeding networked devices and mobile phones, the browser-as-an-operating-environment is close to becoming a reality.
During the Q&A session, in response to a question, Andreessen said the share of Google’s browser market share depends on the company’s ability to fully productize the browser and then distribute it.
P.S.: I tried to take notes as fast as I could, but since Marc speaks too fast I apologize if some of the quotes might be wee bit mangled.
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dude, you need to carry a voice recorder – chances are your phone already has one..
“PS: I tried to take notes as fast as I could, but since Marc speaks too fast I apologize if some of the quotes might be wee bit mangled.
Honestly Om, it may sound impolite, but I do not see anything substantial in this piece and I was disappointed. What is Marc’s take, what does he want to convey, what is the future road map, where does he sees all these fitting into the seemingly jigshaw puzzle of browsers?
The other day at Zoho blogs, with comparatively substantial arguments, Flash/Silvelight death was predicted. Chrome does provide Flash plugins! I think they will not hesitate to provide Silverlight plugin as well! – what Google has got to loose in this, nothing! (Only constraint being it will push MS technologies)
Chrome is decent and it is lauched with much secrecy. I mean google just launched it and it was not very much known earlier! After spending some time, the only thing of value to me or any developer is a better JS VM Engine. Rest like omnibar (I do not like it), incognito window, search, import of stuffs from mozilla/IE, most visited sites et al – do not show any tangible change. They have been done by others already.
Well, the browser is good, but I really do believe it is too much hyped. Google with its cash load, PhDs/MS on board, standard of recruitment etc – it really wanna show something, then I guess, has to show something like search, which though not original was an amazingly great user experience. Gmail, Docs, Blogs, Scholar, Books etc and now browser are fine, but where is the real breakthrough??? Even AJAX has a great appeal for an end user and the developer!
I guess we see the same old phenomena getting repeated. MS with Windows and Office, Google with its Search, IBM with its Mainframe. They bring a breakthrough/very good user experience combined with productivity and after that only knows how to stay afloat/dominant. Only exception being Apple – which has amazingly done well a real innovative company.
Well, we should always be questioning, testing the best way to achieve a project’s goal…. 😉
If you’ve got a computationally intensive task to perform on your audience’s desktops, then Adobe Flash Player fits in, regardless of each audience member’s choice in operating system, browser brand, or browser version. Player innovations become supported on 80-90% of the world’s computers within a half-year.
It’s hard to get people to switch their browser, even to update their browser… it’s a big environment, the UI and habits change. Fortunately there’s a way — cross-browser plugins — to have innovation fit into their existing environments.
Over 95% of the world’s browsers already have a scripting JIT today. Innovation can come a little faster, when it fits in to what people are already doing.
always on connection, functions in the cloud … yet isp’s want to throttle, meter, limit …
how will this play out?
“Any desktop application that has not been implemented in the browser is now going to be implemented in the browser,”
Seems to me that iTunes has snuck under the radar. It’s built upon WebKit just like Chrome, and yet 99.9% of the people who use it think it’s a desktop app, cause it works just like one.
marc is smart but back in the day i suggested to him that netscape focus on being a ‘communications’ company not a software company. ironically, it was called ‘netscape communications corp.’ instead, netscape focused on software licensing and software business models, actually charging for its browser… which let everyone else (ebay, yahoo, google, amazon, etc.) end up owning the web services.
anyone recall when yahoo (and other search/directories) had to pay netscape $4million a year to be bundled on netscape.com?
unfortunately, execs from fedex and fortune 500 ruined netscape because they didn’t understand the web opportunity clearly