Google launches internet browser

Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia. Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

"We realised... we needed to completely rethink the browser," said Google's Sundar Pichai in a blog post.

The new browser will help Google take advantage of developments it is pushing online in rich web applications that are challenging traditional desktop programs.

Google has a suite of web apps, such as Documents, Picasa and Maps which offer functionality that is beginning to replace offline software.

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well you cant trust any application on internet but i agree with you on this the toolbar sends so much anonymous data!!!

Personally i love it and i think Google should do well out of it,

Remember were the first to offer totall free high capacity email, and also made a neat search engine combined with it, which trashes the hell out of outlooks capabilities, some more development could be done with it to make it more user friendly, but as it is it's a pretty damn good and simple client.

They revolutionised web searching and did extremely well at making everything simple, clear and best of all accurate.

They did change their search engine about 2 years ago which changed the way results appeared, and to be honest i felt annoyed by this as my usual deep searching techniques no longer worked - however it is still very accurate.

You can't hate them from turning it into a highly profitable business, i am sure we would all do the same, and i am sure that they have been influenced by business managers to do things differently.

But over all they essentially offer free, simple, feature rich products, which are incredably useful and if they continue with this model then they should continue to suceed.

I like the concept of "thumbnail" front page, a feature i had alredy implemented into my own html homepage which makes browsing, quick and efficient.

so long as it is open source with no data grabbing rubbish i can see this been a big success and it is time Mozilla felt hot under the colla, they have made no real enhancements for sometime!

(Avatar Viper said @ #23)
not another browser war...

On contrary... lack of competition and MS hegemony lead to years of stagnation... Firefox reignited the fire, and I am quite impressed by Google presentation of Chrome. Even if it does not become THE browser, it will sure challenge the current browsers to improve - and that can only be good for users.

is this available to download yet? You can see the previous cached data when searching for google chrome but it just links back to their main website.

As if Google doesn't have enough data on their users already. Let's sign over our credit cards and Social security numbers to Google, too. You know, for safe keeping.

Biggest thing they have is the process manager. FINALLY a browser will have each tab, each plugin running in separate threads. I hate having the whole browser crash just because I opened up some website that has ****ty coders or because a plugin had bugs.

This isn't new: IE8 Beta 2 has it (and in my testing, it works quite well). I do agree, though, that its a feature we've needed for a long time now.

Their new browser looks interesting and boasts a ton of innovative and open features, but they are advertising that much of their tab behavoir is brand new and innovative (even coining new phrases) - when it is exactly the same that Opera has been doing with its tab system for years. Even though Opera is not very popular on the desktop - give credit where credit is due.

:P but let me guess... you and the entire world then complain when things dont work. The better standards are followed the more likely you get a smooth ride in the end.

I hereby revoke your right to complain.

Sorry, revocation REVOKED. 8)

Acid tests do NOT, under any circumstances, actually represent real world use, which is why the vast majority of us do not care what "score" any browser gets in them.

But you keep testing there.

Yeah, let's watch Google pull millions of lines of device driver code out of their ass...riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. :P

Apple's further along in that regard and they are STILL not...even...close to being able to be run on all PCs, old and new.

why don't you (google lovers) just send your all personal information including your usernames and passwords to google hq ? so they can make a use of it making some bucks. Oh i forgot, you don't like to share your private usage information right? well it is a bit late you are already sharing your :
- pictures. (picassa)
- videos (youtube)
- emails (gmail)
- documents (google docs)
- calendar (google cal)
- e-commerce (google checkout)
- web site traffic information if you have any web site .. ( google analytics)
- chrome (oh yes everything related to internet maybe your usernames and passwords too..)

now it is time to get more nasty for google that wants you to send them all websites you are using and surfing even becoming a member so they can use this in their advertisement empire......

Irony, this reminds me the early years in Google as their famous slogan " don't be evil"... Remember the best trick devil did was to convince everyone around that it doesn't exist.! So who is the evil now?

Wake up friends... Don't be googliezed....

This browser seems amazing so far. It's fast, stable and render websites beautifully. On top of all that, it doesn't have a bloated, clunky UI. Go Google, go!

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