New Web Browser from Google ; Chrome

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Google launched a new web browser on September 01, 2008 and Google's Chrome browser is now officially available as a beta, offering the promise of increased speed, security and usability. During a conference call and Webcast with the press today from the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., Google trotted out a line-up of engineers to explain what is new for Web users and what Google hopes to gain with Chrome.

Chrome is a smart, innovative browser that, in many common scenarios, will make using the Web faster, easier, and less frustrating.

I have down loaded the program and started testing it. So far the speed is okay and ease of use.

One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Shortcuts for your apps
Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

Google has introduced something called the OmniBox which integrates the traditional browser address bar with a search box. With the OmniBox searches can be conducted directly from the address bar.

Tabs which were a key innovation in Firefox have been innovated further on Google Chrome by putting them on top. Goodger noted that Google thinks of tabs like title bars for web pages and apps. By placing them on top they become more primary and usable. Instead of starting with a blank screen, the default new tab page will show the users most viewed pages and an search boxes for recently used search engines. Google Chrome does not discriminate against other search engines and will enable users to use whatever search engine they choose.

The Incognito window, which is Google Chrome's privacy mode, is also a key feature that Goodger explained was meant to keep stuff off a users computer so sites won't appear in history and cookies aren't saved.

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