Do you think 'saving millions of dollars' is one of the MAIN reasons why Google developed Chrome?

Looking at the recently released financial report by, it can be seen that Google paid well about $60 million to Mozilla in 2007 alone. Add the total Google-related revenues Mozilla has generated since 2004 and it can be easily seen that Google has paid tens of millions of dollars to Mozilla.

And here lies an opportunity. If Google develops its own browser and succeeds in disseminating it, Google can have all those millions of dollars it now pays to Mozilla. It can spend a few million dollars on producing the best browser out there and then on promoting it heavily. The end result is a saving of tens of millions of dollars.

The point I'm trying to raise is that while everyone is looking at 'anti-Microsoft', 'platform-for-Web-applications', etc. reasons behind Chrome, saving money could also be a key reason why Chrome has been developed.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Saving millions of dollars is a side effect of developing Chrome, should it succeed. The reason for developing it though, is to produce a browser that renders pages faster and more efficiently. They set out to build a browser that can handle loading multiple things at once rather than linear, down the page style loading. This is useful for web based software.

    For years there has been the idea that software ran over the internet is more useful than having it stored on everyone's computer. Why? Upgrading is done to the server and it is therefore done for everyone, all your applications can be accessed anywhere you have internet. Google is heavily invested in online software with Gmail and Google apps and Google documents. They want to drive this new technology with a browser that can handle it better, so they are building it for that purpose.

    The result here, if successful and we all end up uninstalling Microsoft Word and Outlook in favor of online software (I'm already here) is that Google doesn't save tens of millions of dollars, it is that they produce hundreds of millions of dollars in license fees and membership fees eventually down the road along with increased advertising revenue.

    Of course, with Windows 7 on the way and Microsoft eyeing web based software a little more it will be interesting to see what happens with their Office programs. I think we could see the Microsoft Office suite disappear and instead we will all be paying some kind of monthly subscription service fee to companies like Google or Microsoft in exchange for using their online software. This could be a lot cheaper for us potentially.

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