Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Windows: Browser Battle Escalates to OS War | Fast Company
Google unveiled its new Chrome browser and OS Tuesday. Its ultimate aim? To make Microsoft’s market share monopoly sleep with the fishes.
That piscine threat is especially relevant here. When Microsoft made the rounds touting its latest iteration of Internet Explorer, the team couldn’t stop showing off its “fishtank test,” a benchmark the company used to show off IE’s fast frame-rate and HTML5 support when processing a graphic of fish swimming. The test was intended to bash Chrome–videos and images of comparison tests were fluttered out into the blogosphere. In one test with 100 fish swimming, IE9 handled it at 60 FPS–Chrome at just 4 FPS.
Yesterday, Google responded in kind. At its unveiling of Chrome, the company showed off its FPS and HTML5 support with a fish tank–one that was far more graphically intense than Microsoft’s. Google created an interactive version of the fish tank and requested that audience members test it themselves following the presentation.