In response to the current arms-race between Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mac Safari*, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox, they’ve quietly designed and now released (in BETA) a brand new, google-style web browser. It’s called Google Chrome. Mm, shiny.
I’ve downloaded it and tried it. Simple interface, wide flexibility, and, for you techies out there, it’s open source.
The reason Mozilla Firefox has been winning the arms-race this year and for many years is that it is designed (largely) by users, not by ponderous and clumsy corporate commitees. Firefox is sleek, clean, adaptable, expandable, retractable, and utterly secure in an age of internet vandalism. Everyone hates IE, but even most Mac users bow the knee to Mozilla.
Google has entered the race. They have (quite intelligently) decided that they don’t need to have the monopoly on software, too, so they kept it open-source. On the official Chrome website they modestly mention the other excellent web browsers out there and humbly present Chrome as “another option.” This brilliant open-source browser will allow them to earn a lion’s share of the internet community due to built-in Google brand loyalty, while keeping ahead of Microsoft’s (increasingly pathetic) attempts to catch up by letting users like you and me suggest, design, and execute improvements.
Download it, try it, and let us know how you like it.