Google made a posted on their official site yesterday that they’ll be introducing their own web browser called Chrome. Check out their blog where you can also see that they’ve launched Picasa 3.0. Pretty big day for Google and what a great way to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
*Update: This thing is fast!!! And it doesnt seem to be too resource intensive, plus you get to see individual tabs in the processes tab but only labeled as chrome.exe. Plus when you right-click a page you dont just get the view page source option, you also get inspect element which I’m sure web developers will love.
9/01/2008 02:10:00 PM
At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.
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.
On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn’t the browser that matters. It’s only a tool to run the important stuff — the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.
On a side note I was the first to post this story up on allvoices.com and it made it to the frontpage, which makes me a happy camper. 🙂