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Google Chrome comic book  (Source: Google)
Google yet again takes aim at Microsoft, with a new Internet browser this time

Google has publicly released its own Web browser, Google Chrome, in an effort to compete with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, it was revealed over Labor Day weekend.  News of the new browser reached a few select Google users through a 38-page comic book that is available by clicking here.

"We believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web," a blog entry on the official Google Blog reported.  "All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends -- all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there."

Chrome will be available tomorrow for Microsoft Windows users in more than 100 nations, with Google working on a Linux and Apple MacOS X versions in the works.  A time range for the Linux and MacOS X versions has not been released.

The open source browser was built using Apple WebKit, Mozilla Firefox, and other open source technologies -- and Google will open up Chrome so the community has the ability to tinker with it.

Google is engaged in a battle with Microsoft on multiple fronts, with Internet browsing, e-mail, calendars and word processing, and similar services the focus of both companies.  IE is used by 75 percent of internet users, although it has been slowly losing ground to Firefox.  Google and Mozilla recently renewed their working agreement with one another, and the agreement is good until 2011.  

Last week, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, offering multiple features lacking from previous IE versions that left users frustrated and annoyed.  Google built a "foundation of a browser that runs today's complex web applications" better than other browsers, utilizing new techniques not used with other browsers.  For example, Google hopes to have faster browsing by using Javascript; using cloud computing to make information available offline; a bug in a single tab will affect just the one tab, not the entire browser like in Firefox and IE; and tabs will be located on top of the address bar.

There has been heavy speculation over the past couple years about Google working on its own internet browser, but the company remained silent about its project.

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RE: Sigh,
By Master Kenobi on 9/1/2008 11:11:53 PM , Rating: 1
True. Most of the Open Source community has rallied behind Firefox. Most of the Corporate types have rallied behind IE. Google is trying to enter a market that is already polarized and entrenched. If anything, they might get some measure of market share but I have a feeling it will fail miserably, much the same way that Safari on Windows has flopped.

RE: Sigh,
By Ryanman on 9/2/2008 9:33:58 AM , Rating: 3
Only reason corporate rallies behind IE rather than firefox is they can't switch a company over themselves... they don't want to pay an IT guy to do it, especially when they like being in a comfort zone.

RE: Sigh,
By Fanon on 9/2/2008 11:47:24 AM , Rating: 4
Changing over to Firefox is a non-issue. Chances are a corporation is on a Microsoft network, thus rolling out Firefox is easy thanks to group policy, login scripts, ect.

The real issue is that Firefox cannot be controlled in a corporate environment the way that IE can through group policy.

RE: Sigh,
By semo on 9/2/2008 4:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, frontmotion makes ff deployment easy but there is no easy way (that i know of) to authenticate users for accessing sp for example

RE: Sigh,
By Firechrome on 9/2/2008 8:02:23 PM , Rating: 4
I disagree. I don't think it matters if there is one more web browser to choose from. Specially if they have new ideas and want to do something different.

RE: Sigh,
By rudy on 9/2/2008 9:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and as with every market as time goes on the dominance of the early empires dilutes. Since Web apps are suppose to be standardized it should not matter how many thousands of browsers exist just like all cars can drive on the road with out problems.

RE: Sigh,
By jonmcc33 on 9/3/2008 10:26:27 PM , Rating: 3
...much the same way that Safari on Windows has flopped.

Safari has flopped because it's dull, boring, has nothing new and it's made by Apple. Why would Windows users want anything Apple on their computer? It's bad enough that we're forced to bend over to Apple for Quicktime and there are so many iTunes users due to the stupid iPod. The less Apple I have to deal with the better.

I welcome Chrome as I am even using it now to make this post. I've been a Firefox user since it went 1.0. Anything to evolve technology and advance the web browser beyond what Microsoft stuck us with is a great thing.

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