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Here is a rather ‘interesting’ article that I came across from Preston Gralla. In a gist, Gralla warns enterprises from embracing Google’s Chrome web browser, because he feels that Google intends to take over the enterprise world using it!!! WOW. Is that even possible?

Ok, so Gmail, Google Docs, etc. would run faster on Google Chrome. But is that a serious enough reason for enterprises to dump their current setup of Microsoft Exchange(or any other mail solution), Microsoft Office, etc ? Come on Mr Gralla get real. 

For arguments sake let’s accept Mr Gralla’s warning. So Google intends to dominate the enterprise. So what? Hasn’t Microsoft being doing that successfully to a large extent for years? Where were the warnings then? Doesn’t Apple harbor similar ambitions? 

In fact Microsoft and Apple’s products have much more potential of casting dominance rather than Google’s. But according to Mr Gralla, Chrome is what people should be worried about. 

With Chrome, the enterprises would rather have an expanded choice. They can choose to run JavaScript enabled web applications that would be responsive and efficient. Their software teams have more flexibility in choosing a technology stack for implementation. There would be a very steady flow of development resources that would keep their development efforts from being stymied. For developers who would otherwise have to learn new tips and tricks, Google’s Chrome saves their existing skills from obsolescence. Isn’t that a good thing? 

I am not against new technologies, but I firmly believe in open technologies. Embracing open standards based new technologies is probably the best bet for enterprises keeping in mind return on investments in the long term. Proprietary technologies, though sometimes very compelling, can prove to be very expensive and might be an overkill. 

Chrome is meant to be a browser and people should consider it exactly that and nothing more. I doubt that Google would be betting on seeing an increase in their enterprise business because of Chrome.

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