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09|02|2008 02:48 pm EDT

Google to Release “Chrome” Browser Early

by Chad Kettner in Categories: News

After accidentally sending out a premature press release, Google is prepared to enter the browser market earlier than anticipated with Google Chrome – a cutting edge web browser that has been created with today’s internet user in mind. More details after the jump.

The browser will offer several unique features including…

  • Advanced tabbed browsing where each tab gets its own process, significantly reducing browser crashes
  • A distinct layout that places tabs on top of the browser window instead of underneath the address bar
  • A new JavaScript engine that is geared for speed
  • Increased browser security through automatically updated malware and phishing lists
  • A default home page that displays your most visited websites and other customizable information…
  • An “incognito” mode (aka “porn mode”) that lets you browse websites in complete privacy without recording any of your activity.

While Chrome is expected to challenge Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer in the browser battles, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch believes the true target is Windows:

“Expect to see millions of web devices, even desktop web devices, in the coming years that completely strip out the Windows layer and use the browser as the only operating system the user needs. That was going to happen anyway, but Chrome + Gears just made the decision a whole lot easier for hardware manufacturers to make.

Microsoft, meanwhile, is stuck with a bloated closed source browser that they don’t even tether to their search engine for fear of more antitrust woes. Google can push their search engine and other web services all day long on Chrome, with no government interference. So not only will Chrome drive lots of incremental revenue to Google, it also paves the way for a Microsoft-free computing experience.”

Chrome will be released later today is available for download now. If you haven’t seen the screenshots yet, head on over to TechCrunch for a quick preview.

[via TechCrunch]

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7 Comments

Frank Michlick

September 2, 2008 @ 2:59 pm EDT

I just downloaded Google Chrome and it looks nice.

While I was concerned about the behaviour it would have for type-in domains, it looks like whenever you type in a domain the default is not a search page, but still the domain itself. Of course, now that Google is attempting to take even more control of the browser (after all they have been sponsoring Firefox), we cannot be sure that this type-in functionality will always stay the same.

RKB

September 3, 2008 @ 8:36 pm EDT

There is a lot of talk about ‘Incognito Mode’ today. People have quickly started calling it porn mode. I wonder what impact will it have on bank sites etc.

jp

September 3, 2008 @ 9:52 pm EDT

1 huge positive for chrome: they have combined the search box with the address bar. No more lost traffic from those who type domain names directly into the search box, which thanks to OVT w/ ext scores, we know happens frequently enough. Now all attempts at direct navigation will be fulfilled as long as the domain is registered.

Frank Michlick

September 3, 2008 @ 10:04 pm EDT

@RKB considering the lack of privacy in the terms & conditions of the browser For example Google originally reserved the right (they have since changed the terms) to re-publish any content you submit through the browser seems somewhat scary. You might be anonymous to the website owner, but Google knows you.

@jp and as long as Google does not change browser behaviour.

Andrew

September 4, 2008 @ 9:47 pm EDT

I’m not a fan of this new browser at all.

SEO

October 30, 2008 @ 1:06 pm EDT

I love the good old firefox browser. We will see in a few months…

Business solutions

October 30, 2008 @ 3:13 pm EDT

I have downloaded “Chrome” recently..n i m sure it will work cooly.

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