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Google Chrome

In Information industry, Web 2.0 & all that on September 2, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , , , ,

“Today, most of what we use the web for on a day-to-day basis aren’t just web pages, they’re applications. People are watching and uploading videos, chatting with each other, playing web-based games… all these things didn’t exist when the first browsers were created. Wouldn’t it be great, then, to start from scratch and design something based on the needs of today’s web applications and todays users?”

So starts a new comic book approach to explaining Google Chrome. It should be interesting, this Chrome thing. We all assume that everyone uses Firefox; I mean, who do YOU know that actually uses IE? Well, however cool Firefox obviously is, and however uncool IE is, Firefox is only used by about 20% of netizens apparently. Microsoft’s IE still dominates the place. It will be interesting to see if Google, the US’s most trusted brand, can spoil the domination of Microsoft, something that even to-cool-for-school Firefox has been unable to do. One suspects that this is all really about making a browser which advantages Google’s own products and applications, in effect acting like your desktop and blurring the line between the online and offline worlds. It’s maybe a first (actually a second or third, after Google Docs etc) warning for Microsoft that their core business is under attack. Cloud computing, here we come!

Apparently it should be released today (2nd). Take a look at the press release (“Release early and iterate”, I like that). Rumour has it that you can download Chrome, but the site is as of now, 2nd Sept, 2pm British Summertime, down (and takes you to the Google homepage instead); ho hum. There are some screenshots of Chrome here.

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One Response to “Google Chrome”

  1. should be interesting to see if Chrome works more efficiently than FireFox and IE… if it’s faster than Firefox, since isn’t IE, then i’ll use it

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