Interview: what's next for Google Chrome

TR: The browser and the operating system are becoming increasingly difficult to tell apart aren't they?

LB: "Some people think that when they don't have Wi-fi access and their browser isn't working their computer is broken!

"It's interesting; it's seems like when people are buying new machines they don't install native apps. They get a new computer and all they use is the browser.

"The web is becoming an integral part of the computer and the basic distinction between the OS and the browser doesn't matter very much any more.

"In terms of Google and Chrome all internal apps are web based so we're adopting all the stuff inside the browser already."

TR: So should speed be the deciding factor when it comes to browser choice?

LB: "One also has to have your priorities straight why you are selecting a browser. Speed is certainly a factor but so is robustness. In Chrome we really tried to make it a robust browser.

"People also like the simplicity which means you can understand what's going on.

"I think its speed is important, but also the speed of whole browser, as we move on and as we have more standardised web apps, it will be easier to measure the performance of a browser as a whole."

TR: With Windows 7 arriving and IE8 are people still going to move to non-default browsers like Chrome of Firefox?

LB: "I think since the download is just one click away it's not that big a deal.

"At first you will get techies, but people are influenced by them – so I don't know if it will change it but hopefully competition will allow the user to download the browser that suits them best.

TR: Chrome is still relatively new – how is it performing?

LB: "The feedback we've had on chrome is tremendously positive. Its first final release came out in December so it is only a quarter-year old and bearing that in mind I think we have a fairly good market share. Everyone already has a browser so it will take a while, but if you have the right features, people will come.

"We want to make it better for users, and with the complexity of web apps taking off these days what you see is more features and more capabilities.

"I love the basic fact that people do not have to update a web app; whenever they start the app in the web browser they get the updated application."

Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the ex-Editor in Chief of TechRadar. Patrick was a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.  After a long stint as the boss at TechRadar, Patrick has now moved on to a role with Apple, where he is the Managing Editor for the App Store in the UK.