Google to release new web browser
Today is a new day in the browser wars. In the beginning (early 90s) there was Netscape, Opera and Internet Explorer, then for years there was pretty much just Internet Explorer. In 1999 Mozilla was born, and in the early 2000s Safari joined the race and Firefox arose from Phoenix.
Later today Google will release the first public beta of a brand new Browser – Google Chrome. Chrome borrows code from Firefox and Apple and will be an open source project meaning anyone can add and adapt the browser.
Google are touting Chrome as a lightweight browser that is “streamlined and simple”, saying “Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.”
I’ll be interested to compare the file size to the hefty 14.8MB for Internet Explorer 8 (beta) or the svelte full install file of just 7.8MB for a Firefox download. I’ll be even more interested in the speed it downloads and displays webpages and how it renders them.
Google say Chrome is ready for “the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers”. The true test of success for me will be how well it runs the websites I need today, such as eBay, PayPal, Parcelforce, Royal Mail and of course TameBay.