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How much money did Google throw at the development of Chrome ?

The actual figure is probably not public knowledge. An educated guess would be fine.

Bonus points for time-series data :D

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I think they threw developers there, not money. It's noteworthy how much existing open source stuff was used instead of re-inventing everything: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome#Development –  Joonas Pulakka Dec 7 '11 at 13:14
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

For a rough guess:

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$55k/year? Perhaps if you include non-Google contributions to Chromium (both FOSS and employees of other companies), it'll still be higher than that. Google pays their people much better than that. However, +1 for linking to resources that used COCOMO to estimate cost - it's probably the best way to do it given what we have access to. –  Thomas Owens Dec 7 '11 at 13:28
    
You would have to do an estimate for non-average developers when you assume non-average salary and the basic COCOMO doesn't do that. That's why I left in the default salary. –  Patrick Dec 7 '11 at 13:42
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