Google Chrome: The Open Source Web Browser

Posted Sep 2, 2008

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has joined in the web browser wars to compete against several other players such as Mozilla, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).  The new browser is called Chrome and it is open source.  Google Chrome Beta will be launching in 100 countries.

“So why are we launching Google Chrome?” stated Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director at Google. “Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.”

Google Chrome will have a tab system with each tab acting as an isolated process.  If one tab crashes, the other will not.  When a tab is closed, the process is closed.  Tabs can also be dragged and dropped from window-to-window.  The new browser will also have a a box pull-down automatically to give the user suggestions on the website that they want to visit based on browsing history.

The browser will also show which tab processes are taking up the most memory and which tabs are using plug-ins.  This way it will be easy to find out which tab is hogging all of the memory and bandwidth.

The homepage of Google Chrome will have 9 thumbnails of the most visited sites that you go to.  The sites that you search on the most will also appear on the homepage.  Pop ups from a specific website on a tab will have a small box on the lower right saying that there was a pop up and give the user the option to open it up.

The browser was built with a JaveScipt engine called V8.  Components for building Google Chrome were also utilized from Apple WebKit and Mozilla FireFox.

Google Chrome has been in the works for a couple of years according to a source with The Wall Street Journal.  Google Chrome should be available to download shortly.

Related Link:
1. Google Chrome
2. Google Blog