Rumors have been filling forums, blogs and websites that Google was working on a browser to compete with Microsoft on yet another level. Those rumors never ceased completely in the last three years or so and today those rumors seem to have gone over into a semi-official announcement of Google Chrome.
Google sent out a 38-paged comic book illustrated by Scott McCloud to selected individuals which is entitled Google Chrome - Behind the Open Source browser project. The complete comic is available on the Google Blogoscoped website. The comic is showing real Google employees and their thoughts and ideas as well as functions of the browser project.
One of the most interesting features of Google Chrome is a task manager like application for the browser that displays the memory usage of each tab and detailed information for each tab as well which makes it easy to identify the resource that is using up most of the memory.
Speaking about creating a new tab. Just yesterday I mentioned a Firefox extension that would open an individual website instead of a blank page. Google Chrome makes use of the same concept by displaying the nine most visited websites plus searches on those pages.
Google Chrome will make use of a privacy function just like Microsoft's InPrivat feature in Internet Explorer 8 and sandboxing is introduced to protect the system.
There is so much on this 38 pages. It is obvious that the Google Chrome development team took a look at Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera borrowing any good ideas that those browser came up with and added their ideas to the mix. This could be a huge thing.
The browser will be available at google.com/chrome which currently displays a 404 error.
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