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Google browser gets Sony foothold

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Sony personal computers are now available with Google's Chrome internet browser following a deal struck between the two technology giants this summer.

This is the first such deal that Google has signed with a PC maker.

Google said it plans to tie up further deals as it looks to promote the browser it launched last year.

Chrome lags well behind Microsoft's market-leading Internet Explorer and Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browsers in market share.

Internet Explorer is used by more than two-thirds of all internet users, while Chrome is used by less than 3%, according to web firm Net Applications.

"User response to Google Chrome has been outstanding, and we're continuing to explore ways to make Chrome accessible to even more people," Google said.

Some Sony PCs are already running Chrome as a result of the deal.

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