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Up In The Sky, It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's...Chrome Web Browser From Google

Google developed its new free Chrome Web browser based on the assumption that Web use has evolved beyond simple text passages to more interactive applications, according to the Mountain View, Calif.-based company. Chrome will take dead aim at Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Firefox and more.

Google Web browser now publicly available. open source beta version

So what is Google Chrome anyway and why do you need a new Web browser?

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company developed Chrome based on the assumption that Web use has evolved beyond simple text passages to more interactive applications, according to Pichai and Upson.

"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," they wrote in the blog. "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."

The browser will retain a clean and simple look, but will be capable of running more complex Web applications, according to the company. "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," the Google team wrote. Chrome includes V8, a more powerful JavaScript engine, and is available in Beta for Windows and it is working on versions for Mac and Linux. "We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward," according to Google's blog.

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