Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google launches Chrome - A new open source web browser

This is going to be interesting! One of the most innovative and wealthiest technology companies in the world has developed a new open source web browser called Google Chrome that they will be releasing to the public for Beta use on Sept 2nd (UPDATE!! Download it here). This is some pretty big news as far as I am concerned as I believe a web-browser environment will replace the desktop environment as the primary environment for computing in the future. We already spend so much time on our web-browsers watching videos, managing stocks, banking, buying, designing, taking online classes, etc that as bandwidth increases we may be able to do even more online. It will be interesting to see what this browser is like. I must confess it will take an incredibly amazing tool to pull me away from Firefox 3 (FF3). One of the critical components to any successful open source endeavor is the community of support for the technology and FF3 has a HUGE community that continues to build and optimize the browser. Will there be enough community support for Chrome? Will they be able to make add-ons for everything under the sun like FF3. Will Chrome be compatible with FF3 plugins? Even as I write this blog, I am using the FF3 add-on Scribefire to write this directly in my browser from the Google Blog page. I look forward to testing out the browser tomorrow and offering my feedback.

Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser
A fresh take on the browser
9/01/2008 02:10:00 PM
At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit "send" a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we've now made the comic publicly available -- you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

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