Google is launching a new web browser, available now in Beta version, known as “Chrome“. While in my line of work, my web browser is by far the most commonly used tool in my repertoire, I am curious to see how Chrome compares to Firefox. I already use just about all of Google’s products. A browser is a smart move for them, giving them total control of the software in which all of their apps are viewed, rather than relying on Firefox or IE to adhere to standards. This way, they can dictate the standards, and tailor their apps accordingly.
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. 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.