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The honeymoon is over for Chrome

Google's Chrome browser has negligible market share, but that's a shortsighted factoid. This is really a long-term relationship.

As new market-share data from Net Applications shows, Google's Chrome got off to a roaring start, and has been coming down to earth lately. In its first few days after release, Google Chrome went as high as 1.16 percent market share, but it started dropping after the euphoria of the announcement died down.

Google Chrome has now settled into a holding pattern around 0.7 percent browser market share.

Cause for alarm? Of course not. Google never intended Chrome to be a one-day-wonder, and I doubt the company is worried about Chrome's market share today. The battle will be won over years, and it will be fought at the developer level against Silverlight and Flash, rather than at the browser level with Firefox and Internet Explorer, and perhaps particularly within the enterprise.

As such, Google doesn't need to win you or me over to Chrome. Its focus is on Web application developers. Once it has those folks optimizing their applications for Chrome, you and I will follow because Chrome will deliver the best experience for working on the Web, rather than simply browsing it.