Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a web browser released by Google Inc. Which uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. Firstly, It was released on 2 September 2008 as a beta version for Microsoft Windows, and the public stable release was on 11 December 2008. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame or chrome of web browsers. Chrome was the fourth most widely used browser by 1 November 2009, with 3.6% of worldwide usage share of web browsers. Chrome for Linux and Mac OS X were released in June 2009. It was the development versions of chrome.

Google released the entire source code of its browser “Chrome”, including the bespoke V8 JavaScript engine as an open source project entitled Chromium, in 2008. This move let the third-party developers to study the underlying source code and to help to develop the browser to the Linux and Mac OS X platforms. A Google also expressed hope that other browsers would adopt V8 to help web applications in future. The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license, which allows portions to be incorporated into both open source and proprietary software programs. And all Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open-source licenses. Chromium also implements the same feature set as Chrome, but without Google branding and automatic updates, and it has a slightly different logo.

The Google Chrome browser takes a minimalist approach, stripping down to basic browsing with an ultra-simple, intuitive interface. Reviewers find it very fast, with superb search features, private browsing and the best crash protection available. It also makes it possible to use Google desktop applications offline, and users can search the text of pages in the browser’s history. The main drawbacks are fairly primitive bookmarking plus the lack of customization. For those who want RSS feeds and many other options within the browser, reviews recommend Firefox 3 (free), saying it’s just as fast but much more customizable.

We found the best review of Google Chrome at TechRadar.com, where it’s tested both on a new computer and an older one, and is compared with the latest beta versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer. The Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg compares Chrome with Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3 in a succinct review that clarifies each browser’s pros and cons. The ratings and reviews at PC World magazine, Gadgets-Reviews.com, CNet.com and Softpedia.com add useful details. PC Magazine compares Chrome with Flock 2 and Opera 9.5 as well as with Firefox and Internet Explorer, but it seems prejudiced against Chrome mainly because it’s new.

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