Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google announces Open Source Web Browser

Ready for some fun? Google has announced they are releasing a new open source browser today. The program will be called Chrome and will be released in 100 countries by the time you read this. This should put an interesting spin on the old "browser wars" which I considered pretty much over long ago. I tend to use Firefox on both my PC's and my Mac and am very happy with it, but will I try Chrome? You bet. As to why Google decided to do this, here is a quote from their official blog. BTW, I *think* the download will be available here, but I'm not sure as I type this. From the Google Blog:

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

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. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.

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