If Google, i.e. Larry Page or whomever is now making decisions, thinks that zapping Gmail notifier from Firefox to force me to go rushing, downloading and then clinging to Chrome just to get my gmail notifications, uh, their focus group results have deceived them, I fear.
This new plainly coercive tactic only makes me even more suspicious of LP's leadership. I do not believe it would have happened under Eric Schmidt. I have always been a great supporter and appreciator of Google's many "gifts" to us of the web community, i.e. Gmail, Calendar, SketchUp- before they sold it, Scholar, YouTube, Maps, etc., from which services Google makes its ad-based tremendous profit but also provides us with extremely useful web tools.
But trying to blackmail loyal fans into using Chrome by taking the gmail notifier off of Firefox is just a bit more than I can stomach. I have used Firefox for years and years and will not change over to Chrome! Maybe Google should just buy Firefox and destroy it to make me switch, eh?
This is a highly counterproductive scheme and makes me think that Google is getting more desperate (or dumb) on some psychological level. I do NOT think that Eric Schmidt would have allowed this belligerant move. Is 'what Goo giveth, Goo can take away at any moment without warning' the new mantra, basically saying, "Honey, I can screw you when and how I want unless you use what I want you to use!" the new mantra and future of Google?
Will the next step be If you don't use Chrome, you can't use Gmail? Desperation reigns. What a shame.
I now realize that I must seriously consider where to switch now for my email, since Google cannot be trusted to continue even their most popular programs or adjunct services for anything other than their own broswer. Perhaps back to Apple's Mail at this point for us Mac people is a now the most viable alternative.
I hope Eric Schmidt returns as a more hands on CEO than LP, and who truly did seem to consider users first.