Google Chrome

Google Inc, creator of the world’s most popular internet search engine is all set to further solidify its position in the software industry by introducing ‘Google Chrome’, its own web browser, challenging Microsoft Corp’s dominant Internet Explorer.

Let us the features of Chrome as announced by Google through a comic drawn by Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics.

* Chrome, Google’s open-source browser includes Google’s Gear project and also a powerful JavaScript engine, called V8, to run the next generation of web applications.

* Chrome, uses special tabs unlike those of Firefox and places them on the upper side of the windows and not below the address bar.

* The browser has an address bar, called, omnibox with auto-completion features.

* As a default homepage, Chrome has a ‘speed-dial’ feature which enables the user to view his/her most visited web pages as nine screenshot thumbnails and to the side, the user can view a couple of his recent searches, recently bookmarked pages and also recently closed tabs.

* Google Chrome also helps the user to create an ‘incognito’ window and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on the user’s computer. (The latest version of Internet Explorer calls this InPrivate).

* To fight malware and phishing attempts, Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites.

Well, all in all this looks like an interesting project but how much of the speed, stability and user interface promises will be fulfilled – remains to be seen.


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