The first internet browser, by Baidu, was recently launched in beta version, bearing a striking resemblance with Chrome browser by Google. The browser, made accessible to users in recent week from Baidu’s website, comprising one bar on the top, which the users can utilize to enter the address of the webpage, they want to visit. Furthermore, the browser’s home page displays the marketplace application, just the Web Store shown by Google Chrome having thousands of programs, available to users. Once the users select an application such as the Youku video service or Sina’s Weibo microblog, it is included in the tabs, listed on the home page for further reference.
The Wall Street Journal reported that applications visited by the users appear in new tabs and Baidu hosts a number of them. After introducing the browser, Baidu is, at present, competing with Microsoft Internet explorer, widely used in China. The reports from China based researcher, CNZZ, state that the market share of Microsoft, in June, mounted to around 63 percent, much ahead than the 2.52 percent earned by Chrome and 2.06 by Firefox of Mozilla.
Even though, it still holds a great distance to cross in order to stand up next to Microsoft, Baidu is fast dominating the internet scene in China. A research firm, in China Analysys, states that the Baidu owns around 76 percent of the search market in China. This, on its own, is enough to aid the company in having its browser attract more users and becoming the number one used browser in the country.
Even if, Baidu is competing with Internet Explorer, the two have developed cordial ties with each other. Lately, this month, an announcement was made by the two companies maintaining that Microsoft will provide results to all the search questions in English language via Baidu.
The new browser by Baidu can be accessed for free download to the users of XP, Vista and Windows 7 for at this instant. For Mac and Linux, the browser is, yet, to be launched.