Sundar Pichai, Google vice president, stated that the browser will exit beta in January. Google, meanwhile, is exploring its distribution options and examining the various ways it might improve its market share. “We will probably do distribution deals,” Pinchai told The Times. “We could work with an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and have them ship computers with Chrome preinstalled.”
Doing so could significantly change the browser market's competitive landscape. As of the end of October, Microsoft commands some 71 percent of the market, with Firefox hovering near 20 percent, according to NetApplications.