Originally Posted by jijo_bose
I wonder How do Google make money from "Google Chrome Web Browser", because it is an open source and free to download.. How do they make profit from it..
Can I point out that they don't have to? Given the wealth of the Google corporation, they can afford a few (well, actually quite a lot of) projects on which they don't directly make any money.
On the other hand, if you were a Google exec, one of the things that must have given you nightmares was the idea of one of your competitors creating something that pushed people away from your biggest cash earner. So, say, there were another browser supplier who had their own search engine, there was always a risk of them manipulating their browser in some way to make your main product harder/less convenient to use and that this might threaten the future existence of the corporation.
If you can make a better browser, and people move over to that better browser, then that risk is diminished.