Tuesday, September 2

Google Chrome

I hope your Labor day was fantastic. I surely had a great, extended vacation and I am alive and kicking again. So what has been happening lately? I think you know...

The internet is positively being flooded with what has to be some of the biggest browser news since Apple debuted MobileSafari on the iPhone: Google is getting in the game.

The advertising juggernaut has revealed that they’ll soon be releasing “Chrome” (Beta), built on the same Apple-contributed, open source WebKit framework that forms the foundation of Safari on OS X (and also powers Nokia and Adobe web rendering). So here is a little about Chrome that may take browsing to a new level:

  • Each tab will run in its own process. These processes will be completely isolated from each other, will be killable from the operating system's process manager, and will be sandboxed to prevent them from accessing information on the user's computer. This architecture should lead to a more stable and more consistent browsing experience--performance of the browser should not degrade over time. Google is using its search index to prioritize testing of the browser--the pages that are linked to the most from Google Search are getting the most automated hits to make sure Chrome is behaving correctly on them.

  • The browser is being written with WebKit, the open-source engine at the core of Apple's Safari and Google's Android. The browser is also getting a new Javascript virtual machine, V8. It's said to be a better solution for complex and rich Web applications--it should yield better performance as well as "smoother drag and drops" in interactive applications.

  • In Chrome, browser tabs will take over the interface, becoming the primary navigational element. Each tab will get its own window controls. Users will be able to tear off tabs into standalone windows. Chrome's URL entry field will be called the "Omnibox," and, like Mozilla's "Awesome bar," will feed you suggestions based on your browsing history and live search results. The browser's default start page will show thumbnails of the user's most frequently visited pages and a list of their top searches, similar to a feature on Opera. There will also be a private browsing mode, as IE 8 has.

And who knows what else Google has up their sleeve, but I can pretty much tell you it is going to change how other browser update in the future. It is like evolution - other browsers will evolve the same features if not better ones to stay in the market, or die.

Be sure to read their latest blog for further information and when we may be seeing the browser on the streets.

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