Google: Your Browser is Outdated
May 23, 2012
It is official from google!
if (!can_have_your_search_history) your_browser = outdated;
I posted about it here, noting a distinct and much more aggressive marketing campaign via Google. Although they still invest in Firefox, they do, after all, need all the data they can get and have decided to heavily promote their browser.
Their most recent doodle, a synthesizer, continues this trend, printing a warning “Upgrade to a modern browser and see what this doodle can really do.” for non-Google products.
Even the most recent Firefox shows this error, as well as IE9, despite working well in both browsers. I didn’t notice any differences between the Firefox vs Google Chrome version, both of which are more or less the latest version.
Of course others do this as well. For instance, Microsoft is well known for marketing their browser heavily in similar sort of manners, as well as removing the choice of browser/search engine, or trying to steer their user towards one of their products.
However, I still find it amusing that Google really does seem to be transitioning to a no-holds-barred approach when it comes to marketing their o̶p̶e̶n̶ ̶s̶o̶u̶r̶c̶e̶ ̶b̶r̶o̶w̶s̶e̶r data-collection tool.