updated 02:45 pm EDT, Tue September 1, 2009
Sony VAIOs get Chrome
Sony's PC arm and Google have entered into a partnership that will have the latter's Chrome web browser preloaded onto the former's VAIO netbook PCs. Google is also apparently in talks with other PC makers to make its browser the default in new PCs, in similar fashion to competitor Microsoft and its Internet Explorer browser. Sony PCs with Chrome are already shipping, though Google is saying the deal is thus far experimental. Google is also promoting the browser through TV advertising, a first for the company, and making it available when they download RealPlayer software.
Chrome, which was launched about a year ago, has 30 million active users, which represents just over 2.5 percent of all Internet users. This pales in comparison to Microsoft's Internet Explorer share, which has 68 percent of all Internet users.