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4:55 pm on Sep 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google Chrome, Google's Browser Project
[techcrunch.com...]

Unlike other modern web browsers, which can only run one process at a time, Google Chrome will give each tab its own process. This speeds up overall performance and saves the entire browser from crashing when one tab causes problems.

The multi-process design requires more memory allocation up front but less memory over time as users tend to multitask. It also prevents your computer from slowing down after you browse for an extended period of time and open/close lots of tabs.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:31 pm (utc) on Sep. 3, 2008]
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I was just reading about that. The browser is said to be based on the WebKit rendering engine - and includes a privacy feature that sounds something like the IE8 approach. Also of note, a new, souped up javascript engine, built from scratch and named V8.
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IMO this is good news and I hope they hurry because Firefox 3 is a disaster.
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new, souped up javascript engine, built from scratch and named V8

Google's crawler understands javascript. Wonder if crawler uses the same JS engine.

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... it's the Google Virtual Web OS!
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Google making a privacy feature?
Yup, my dictionary confirms it's the definition of "ironic".
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The amount and kind of data about users that Google can collect from this browser is just mind-boggling. I'm sure this will help Google scale up the capability that it has already acquired by using toolbar data, analytics data, Gmail data, Google checkout data, adwords and adsense data.
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Google making a privacy feature?

Chances are that Google will keep on collecting data about users even when they have enabled the privacy mode just like they keep on collecting data about users even when they have uninstalled the toolbar from their browser.

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souped up javascript engine ..named V8

A most accurate description as I seem to remember V8 as a vegetable drink.
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Google's official announcement...

A fresh take on the browser
[googleblog.blogspot.com...]

At Google, we have a saying: "launch early and iterate." While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit "send" a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.
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Wow, it's finally official. They got my attention when they yanked AdSense Firefox referrals. I'll admit I'm giddy about getting my hands on it & watching them sell it.
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It is just me, or has the fox been allowed to guard the chickens?
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As usual: MS-centric - first release Windows-only - even though the browser is touted to be based on Webkit and borrowing from Firefox...
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It is just me, or has the fox been allowed to guard the chickens?

Chicken? No; I'm really looking forward to it.

For fox sake, give it a try before getting out the tinfoil helmets!

Beta for 5 years or whatever ;)

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As usual: MS-centric - first release Windows-only

No offense but if you use a fringe OS, you have to accept the minority status. Can't be both cool and mainstream ;)

because Firefox 3 is a disaster

Is it now? Works great here. Firefox + Firebug + Web Developer = webmaster's dream browser.

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As usual: MS-centric

Or perhaps "majority of webusers"-centric?

Never let it be said that Google went for the majority vote! ;)

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Is it now? Works great here. Firefox + Firebug + Web Developer = webmaster's dream browser.

I'm a webmaster too and it was a nightmare. I've been using FF for years but this last version was just too much for my machine. Maybe you have a faster machine or a lot more memory but FF3 could just bloated up like a Zeppelin every time I run it.

Opera... ah... opera...

We even tried it on the new Vista laptop and it's looking snappier than MSIE.

Hurry up Google, we need on more option.

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I'm looking forward to playing with it.
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I think as webmasters we should be much more wary about this browser. Google has the ability to give it significant market share, and as it is not a 100% standards compliant browser, this means yet another custom system for us to have to make our sites support.

It's also going to fragment Firefox users, increasing Microsoft's lead because they will be gaining users faster from Firefox (people who are willing to try other browsers) than from the hardcore remaining MSIE users (people who are unwilling to try other browsers).

I'm disappointed that Google have stripped away the URL bar and provide only a search bar which accepts URLs. It is blurring navigation and search too much for me to be comfortable with it. When I want to search, I want to specifically request a search; not have it guess that my typo or malformed domain should be parsed by Google as a search string.

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Point taken, koan and Quadrille. I was merely taken aback at the delay in Mac availability, given the cartoon's repeated reference to Webkit inspiration...

The other MS-centric is support of IE before other browsers (e.g. in Page Creator, some Toolbar functions...), even on Windows, but maybe that will be moot with Chrome;)

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On the positive side:
1. any additional browser competition to Microsoft from a Fortune 100 is a "good thing"
2. it will be open source

On the unknown side:
1. One more browser to test all our pages in (IE7/IE6/Firefox/Opera/Safari/Chrome)
2. If Google's crawler only had a mild understanding of javascript and css before, it going to have a high intelligence now from what they learn on this project.

On the downside:
1. I'd rather have seen them devote their time and money to the firefox core.
(Firefox should definitely have separate javascript threads for tabs asap)
2. They can't claim privacy unless it blocks all Google IPs for ad tracking.

[edited by: tedster at 5:30 am (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]

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It will be interesting to see what it's uptake is from the public - if site's have problems reconfiguring users won't move.

If it remains a niche and/or targeted player , like Safari , then marketing sites through it is also a niche play.

To make significant headway it's going to need to demonstrate some real big advantages , not small ones - I'm excited to see what's up G's sleeve.

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Is a Google OS Next?
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Oh Google has now posted an official copy of the comic:
[google.com...]
[googleblog.blogspot.com...]
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Yea, and Google has no ulterior motive or is doing no evil. Its to get more marketing data for their adwords program. Talk about big brother. They are the Microsoft of the Internet. Why isn't there an anti-trust investigation (outside of the Yahoo deal) on Google? Web aps, advertising, search, browser, soon and OS... They are a reincarnated Microsoft 2.0.

Microsoft REALLY needs to get rid of Ballmer and bring Gates back as full time chairman and CEO. Bump Ballmer back to president and COO.

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I won`t take long to see Google on the attack with a new OS for pcs.

The state of Microsoft is revealed by the comparison of their webmaster tools. Ballmer does not even bother to invest into a webdesigner with competitve skills.

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With a supposed launch today in 100 countries, download links are still unavailable. Can we assume someone jumped the gun?
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Google making a privacy feature?
Yup, my dictionary confirms it's the definition of "ironic".

The word that came to my mind was "oxymoron".

Seriously, unless PC vendors start shipping it with new machines instead of IE it will just split the market with Firefox.

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I wonder whether it will come with the Page Rank bar? hehe
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Why isn't there an anti-trust investigation (outside of the Yahoo deal) on Google?

Oh I don't know... maybe Microsoft was actually evil? Google is a dominant player but they don't crush competitors in unethical manners or ram propriety formats or locked-in system down everyone's throat. People can browse the web just as easily without Google's (free) services, if they so choose. The fact that they are very popular, in the completly free world of the web, is evidence of their competence, not lack of choice.

I'm worried about privacy issues just as much as anyone else but to compare their actions to the unethical past of Microsoft is gross misrepresentation, and, to be honest, overly dramatic.

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