Damn. So, answering my call for convenience from the other day, via Wordlog, comes the plugin that I've been looking for: the
In all of your geekdom you missed the obvious... As did I.
#1 - Google doesn't need to "fix" any obvious problem in the browser market.
The original browser wars weren't about features, reliability, fit and
finish or anything else. It came down to branding and...
#2 - Distribution channel. Google has access to the single largest
distribution channel outside of Microsoft.
Is there a purpose? Is it commercially viable?
Fuck if I know... But I can tell you that my mom knows who Google is and she
and billions like her use their website daily.
The power and size of Google might get a significant portion of MSIE only
websites (SBC for example) back onto the path of W3C compliance.
I think he's completely spot on and the branding angle was one that had occurred to me but, as Tony said, I have a fair amount of geek shortsightedness to thank for not considering that point further. Jesus, the wild success of the Google Toolbar alone should've rung my clue phone. His point about Google steering more, ahem, web designers towards actual W3C compliance was something that hadn't dawned on me at all. This also makes a whole lot of sense since a united push towards W3C standards instead of new, new marquee tags has got to appeal to someone besides me despite my newfound adoration for the blink tag (my apologies to Bob).
I still have a fuckton of Gmail invites. Comment and you shall receive...