By Jonathan Charles | Jun 05, 2012 10:50 AM EDT
The All Things D10 conference has featured notable interviewees, from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Joshua Toposly getting shouted down. Closing the show was Google Senior Vice President of Chrome & Apps - Sundar Pichai - along with Senior Vice President of Advertising at Google, Susan Wojcicki.
One of the comments made was that "offline Google Drive [is] coming in five weeks," which would put the date around the Google I/O conference in July.
Market share of Google's Chrome browser was also discussed, where it was estimated that around a third of the world's desktop browser usage is through Chrome. It was also revealed use is higher with consumers than in enterprise, because the latter sector still predominantly uses Internet Explorer.
Chrome grew approximately 300 percent during 2011, with "hundreds of millions of active users." Pichar said, regardless of how accurate the data is, Google has gained "substantial mindshare." It was also revealed the browser is more popular on Windows, the platform Google launched Chrome, and there are areas where the browser's share is above 50 percent. "I think the speed of Chrome is much more notable when you have a slow connection," Pichai added.
Walt Mossberg, host of the interview, also asked why Android and Chrome OS co-exist.
"Android is extremely successful, we couldn't be more proud of it. We have exciting steps ahead with tablets, too. There are many instance where people spend all of their time in the browser. The notion that, for the first time, your experience is in the cloud. You still run on a local devices -- CPU, SSD, etc. -- but the notion that your computer is actually in the cloud enabled zero administration," Pichai said. He added there's no need to install software from a Web console due to the cloud.
Pichai also said that Android and Chrome OS make sense with users, like Apple's MacBooks and iPhones.
Pichai said on Chrome OS not taking off, in the words of Walt Mossberg, that "it takes time." Citing Android, he said the OS had a long "incubation period."
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