Google Chrome

Google Chrome will be launched tomorrow in more than 100 countries.
Here’s what Google had to say about it:
‘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’.
So, what’s the deal with Google Chrome? Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go. Underneath the clean and fast face, Google Chrome supports today’s complex web applications better than ever.

Here are some of the advantages:
By keeping each tab in an isolated “sandbox”, Google Chrome is able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. This improves speed and responsiveness across the board. There is also a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.
Google is releasing this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from users as quickly as possible.

Now, in my opinion, here’s the most interesting thing about Google Chrome – it’s the first browser launched by an online comic book announcement, a comic drawn by Scott McCloud!
Here’s the comic book
Heise Online gave a good summary of Google Chrome:
The most visible changes in Chrome are in its tabs, home page and address bar. The tabs for pages appear to be located at the very top of the window, with the address bar and tools underneath. The home page is dynamically composed of your top nine used sites in a three by three thumbnail view and with your most common searches listed to the right of the thumbnails. The address bar is now “the Omnibox”, described as an extra smart autocompleting text field, drawing completion data from your web searches as well as your browser bookmarks and history. For those worried about their privacy, a private browsing mode is also built in so users won’t see that surprise gift for a loved one appearing in the Chrome home page’.

Another advantage for users is that Google Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites; if you go to a website that matches the list, you get a warning.

Since I’ve only given a rudimentary sketch of Google Chrome, have a look at
20 things you need to know about Google Chrome

Meanwhile, if you haven’t already done so, get yourself a copy of Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud; it’s a comic book about comic books. When you think about it, Google’s choice to present Google Chrome in the form of a comic book is very cool. It says a lot about the undiscovered potential of the comic or graphic novel in presenting important and complex information clearly and simply. The comic book has come a long way.

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