Therein lies the tragedy: Google is a well-oiled, well-heeled machine. Mozilla, in contrast, is not (and probably never will be). The Webkit team, as a rhizomatic offshoot from Apple, has a similar development pedigree and has consistently produced a high quality - now cross-platform - open source project, nary engaging in polemics or politics. They let the results speak for themselves. They keep their eyes on the ball.

The biggest thing going for Chrome out of the box is that it's not built on Firefox, but built on Apple's WebKit, the engine behind the Safari browser. Now Safari hasn't been a huge success story, but WebKit has one very strong thing going for it: speed. Couple this to the Google built V8 javascript rendering engine that should in theory make Chrome quicker again. Lets presume that the feature set Google has added on top offers at least a half compelling range, and immediately Firefox users will be presented with a viable competitor backed by the largest internet company in the world.

Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, has extended its search deal with Google for another three years. In return for setting Google as the default search engine on Firefox, Google pays Mozilla a substantial sum - in 2006 the total amounted to around $57 million, or 85% of the company's total revenue. The deal was originally going to expire in 2006, but was later extended to 2008 and will now run through 2011.,M1