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October 4, 2008 • 3:41 pm
There is an obvious lack of competition on the Korean Internet Browsers market:
Do you have explanations to that ? Do you think Chrome can succeed where Mozilla Failed ?
Filed under: Web, Browser, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Korea, Monopoly, Safari
“Do you have explanations to that ? Do you think Chrome can succeed where Mozilla Failed ?“
Actually, Microsoft has a monopoly in South Korea for desktop operating systems and especially for web browsers. This is because South Korea does not use SSL for encrypting transmissions on the web. Korea uses a unique algorithm called SEED and an Active-X control, so this means if you wish to do online banking or stock trading or ecommerce or e-government in South Korea, you must use Windows and you must use Internet Explorer. This is not a competitive market, so Mozilla did not “fail” because it could never compete equally. Chrome does ship with support for Active-X but I do not think it has support for the SEED encryption algorithm and because Chrome uses WebKit for rendering pages, and all of the South Korean websites are designed for Internet Explorer (which uses the Trident rendering engine), there will be many, many South Korean websites that will not render properly in Chrome.
More information here: 98.7% Internet Explorer in South Korea
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