Analyst's are assuming that just because Microsoft partnered with Nokia their smartphone businesses will come back from the dead by gravity!!! Guess what... I don't think that's ever going to happen. Both Microsoft and Nokia have demonstrated that they are dinosaurs and they don't understand new technologies. Even worst, they don't understand consumers!!!
from the your-n-mother-had-a-lengthy-tail dept.
reporter writes "According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, scientists have discovered the common ancestor of monkeys, apes, and Slashdotters. The 47 million year old fossils were discovered in Germany. The ancestor physically resembles today's lemur. Quoting: 'The skeleton will be unveiled at New York City's American Museum of Natural History next Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and an international team involved in the discovery. According to Prof. Gingerich, the fossilized remains are of a young female adapid. The skeleton was unearthed by collectors about two years ago and has been kept tightly under wraps since then, in an unusual feat of scientific secrecy. Prof. Gingerich said he had twice examined the adapid skeleton, which was "a complete, spectacular fossil." The completeness of the preserved skeleton is crucial, because most previously found fossils of ancient primates were small finds, such as teeth and jawbones.'"
You are missing the point here. Of course in the short term this is going to affect Firefox users mostly. That's because Firefox users would be more likely to try new things thank IE users.
The long term scenario is all about cloud dominance and Google Apps.
Why did google build their own mobile operating system and not a desktop operating system based on Linux?
Google wants to make sure they have 100% control over the user experience with their Google Apps. In this case it makes sense that they have their own browser and they can make sure all their apps run perfectly in chrome. The operating system here is not important because it is the browser what controls the Cloud Environment. All they need to do is make sure they port Chrome to as many operating systems as possible.
The mobile environment is completely different. They built Android so they can do the same thing. But in a mobile environment Web Applications are not enough. You need to build Native Applications that connect with the Cloud and control the User Experience as much as possible (Think Apple).
This is all a long term scenario and I think the success of Chrome (and maybe Android) is tied to the success of the Google Apps and Google's Cloud computing plans.