Google and Apple are feuding, but interestingly this week has come word that the search engine company is closing the Windows on the Microsoft operating system in favor of other systems at the Googleplex. The choices are Mac or Linux, and while the former might seem odd given the recent sparring between the tech companies, we are reminded that there is business and there is business.
So dumping Microsoft Windows isn’t about the former, as much as it is about the latter. This isn’t business; it is business in other words. In a recent statement Google CEO Eric Schmidt implies that Windows just isn’t secure enough, at least not after the theft of Google intellectual property last year. So now employees are told that they can work with either Mac or Linux – but in the long run chances are that the computers on the Google campus will run its own Chrome OS, which Schmidt has stressed is more secure than Windows.
Of course the Chrome OS won’t make the full rounds at the Googleplex campus until later this year, so in the meantime while there is a business battle still brewing between Google and Apple, for business needs Google’s workers will have the option of using a Mac.
Chrome Gaining Worldwide Browser Marketshare
Speaking of Google Chrome, the browser version – not to be confused with the full-fledged OS, has gained in the worldwide Web browser market, rising 0.3 percentage points last month to reach 7.1 percent. This was at the expensive of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which dropped by the same amount Google gained, and now IE maintains about 59.7 percent of the market. Interestingly enough Mozilla’s Firefox also saw a decline of 0.2 percent, and now maintains 24.4 percent. Apple’s Safari saw gains of 0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent while Opera rose 0.1 to 2.4 percent.
On the mobile side Java ME, the handset version of Oracle’s technology from Sun Microsystems, controls 40 percent of the mobile browsing market, while the iPhone OS came in at 32.8, following by Symbian at 14 percent, Android at 6.2 percent and BlackBerry at 3.6 percent.
HDTV for Business: The Hotel Business
A year ago there was the analog to digital switchover and many big and bulky CRT TV sets likely headed to the curb for “long term storage” so to speak. Chances are that even if you’ve upgraded your TV at home, and even the TV in the office, there are times you’re stuck staring at an old CRT. This is because one industry was left scrambling with last year’s conversation. That was the hotel industry.
According to figures from iSuppli, it seemed that the economic recession was in part to blame for why the transition went less smoothly for hotel chains. In part, because most (if not all) chains are wired for cable TV the upgrade to digital sets wasn’t actually necessary. But this year iSuppli is predicting that hotel TV shipments are expected to bounce back, and will rise to 7.4 million units in 2013, up from just 1.7 million in 2009.