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Two Years After Denying its Existence, Google Launching “Chrome” Web Browser

UPDATE: Google Chrome is now live.

Back in June 2006, we reported Google’s attempt to defuse any rumors that it was working on a Google web browser. Two years later, rumors resurfaced that Google was indeed working on a web browser based on the WebKit framework–which is also used by Apple’s Safari browser.

Low-and-behold, after accidentally revealing details in a cartoon, Google has today confirmed that a Gbrowser will be launched tomorrow and named Google Chrome.

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.

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today’s complex web applications much better. By keeping each tab in an isolated “sandbox”, we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.

Windows users can access the beta tomorrow (Tuesday) and we’ll have all the details right here.

  • http://www.TheJungleMap.com Corey Creed

    Call me a critic, but the whole thing bugs me. I wrote on my blog this afternoon that the whole idea stinks of Google just trying to “stick it” to Microsoft.

    Why can’t they just stick to what they are supposed to be doing? Organizing the World’s information. Why do they have to do everything that Microsoft and Apple do?

    Corey Creed’s last blog post..Once again, Google takes on Microsoft! Why?!?

  • http://www.garanew.com Gossip

    Everyone talks about Chrome, hmmm, I am still looking for the downloading links and willing to try soon!

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  • http://www.netage.co.za Goran Web Design

    Google is spreading its wings and very fast. They has definitely built themselves a good name over the years, and now they’re using it to their advantage to expand their horizon.

    Let’s wait and see how this browser will turn out, but I have a very good feeling about this.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Browsers News

    Eh, Google Browser… For newbies only?

    Browsers News’s last blog post..Happy Birthday Jon (Opera’s CEO)

  • http:.//www.adoperationsonline.com Otilia @ Ad Ops Online

    I’m worried this may be yet another way for Google to retain user data and study behaviors, in addition to whatever they can already gather from user accounts. Perfect for ad targeting.

  • Dean

    @ Corey – ok, you’re a critic :)

    I hope you are not insinuating that it’s wrong to “stick it” to technology that sucks, just because it’s the long time incumbant.

    “Why can’t they just stick to what they are supposed to be doing?” GAWD! You sound like a winey little MSFT minion. What Google is doing is a little thing called ‘innovation’ which is what they are supposed to be doing.

    But I suppose you are right. I mean why did Ford have to go and put horse and buggies out of business? And why did modern medicine have to go meddling with the perfectly acceptable use of leaches to cure disease? And because I live in the South, why did they have to replace the good old hand fan with that pesky air conditioning technology? Let’s cede the browser business to MSFT so they can continue to provide horrible user experience. After all they did come up with that innovative and nifty “tabbed” browser feature…errr…oh wait…that was those pesky ner-do-wells at Mozilla (Firefox).

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  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    @Corey – feel free to debate @Dean, he’s always looking for a good debate. Just play nice with each other.

    I believe that this is all part of “organizing the world’s information.” Millions already use the Google toolbar, millions enter URLs into the Google search box–why not complete the experience with a browser?

    Will it be any good? We’ll find out later today. :-)

  • Dean

    @ Dean

    You are just cranky, over-caffeinated fool who still listens to music on a 8-track.

    Let people have an opinion for a change!

    :)

  • http://webmasters-forum.org SEO forums

    Why was Google denying it’s existence??

    SEO forums’s last blog post..At last Google Referral ads are down.

  • http://www.playablefreeonlinegames.com Games

    I cannot wait to see how the google browser will look like.

  • http://www.jordankasteler.com/utah-seo-pro-blog/ Utah SEO Pro

    That’s a familiar tune that Google often sings.

    Utah SEO Pro’s last blog post..Building an SEO Friendly Site – SES San Jose 2008 Presentation

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  • http://www.cuesight.com John Barton

    I tried it this morning. Several things I do really like and some I don’t. I downloaded FF3 the other day and was BLOWN AWAY by the speed and handling compared to FF2. I am in China so internet speeds are spotty when browsing websites outside China. FF3 was like a getting a Ferrari when you had an old Ford. I find the speed of Chrome to be about comparable to FF3 on the websites I use most, forums and image galleries. I guess for the time being I like FF3 better but I have to say that Chrome has a very nice feel to it and once it gets tweakable with plugins it will be very impressive indeed. I particularly love the idea of each tab being a window unto itself. I can’t tell you all how often FF has crashed when I am in the middle of a long posting – and thank the GODS at Mozilla for the FF crash recovery – So IF the individual process method doesn’t crash the whole thing but instead just one tab then that’s a great thing. Also the separating tabs into windows of their own is particularly good. I often power search when sourcing products and it’s good to be able to just start another window with all the tabs related to the thing I am searching for at the moment.

    So, chalk me up to someone who likes Chrome out of the gate. I am not worried about whether Google is tracking my browsing habits because there is no way for anyone to prove that I was ever at any particular terminal at any particular time. At least not until Big Brother declares that I must DNA verify each time I “log on” to “the web”.

    Competition keeps everyone on their toes. IE7/8 may be great but in my mind Microsoft is responsible for a lot of wasted time by users debugging it’s product. For that they can’t make it up by now coming with a browser that essentially steals the best innovations from Opera and FireFox.

    Well, that’s my 1ct worth.

  • http://www.christmas.bg/ Christmas

    I adore how it looks and works!

    Christmas’s last blog post..Christmas Office Party Games

  • http://ganhar-dinheiro-net.blogs.sapo.pt/ Artur

    Hi everyone,

    Google Chrome, a browser with google maps integration, how …

    But wath about SEO plugins? Hum … it seems that they havent produce so, do …

    FF3 again. bye bye chrome, until the plugins appear.

    Cumps for all,
    Best luck for marketingpilgrim
    Artur,

    Artur’s last blog post..Porque deve Comentar noutros Blogs

  • http://mp3leben.com Tiffany

    Never heard any news that Google will launch browser before too.

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