Google Eric Schmidt admits 'defensive component' of Chrome browser launch

Google's chief executive admitted there was a “defensive component” to the Web search giant's launch of its own Google Chrome Internet browser, thereby pitting it against Microsoft's dominant software. Speaking to the Financial Times from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Eric Schmidt said: "Microsoft has a history of favouring its own applications and I […]

Google's chief executive admitted there was a “defensive component” to the Web search giant's launch of its own Google Chrome Internet browser, thereby pitting it against Microsoft's dominant software.

Speaking to the Financial Times from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Eric Schmidt said: "Microsoft has a history of favouring its own applications and I can give you 500,000 pages of court testimony, document web blogs and so forth and so on about that."

Schmidt added that "there is a defensive component" to the launch of Google Chrome, the code of which will be open source so no rights will have to be paid by anyone using or adapting the software, which will be a competitor to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the dominant Internet browser.

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