Live Webcast Liveblog

The webcast has begun.

11:08 PST They are taking about evolution of the web. (The video stream doesn’t seem to be working.)

11:13 PST They are taking about what made google successful and how to apply that to Chrome:

They want the “browser to stay out of the way”

Under the hood:
“more choices for users but avoids headaches for developers”

Webkit (chosen for speed)

11:17 PST
Multi-process architecture:
“fundamental underlying advantages of Chrome”

New Javascript engine called V8:

11:20 PST PC only at first 43 languages in 122 countries:

11:21 PST Open Soure Project Chromium under BSD License

User Interface

“window manager for webpages and apps.”

Unfortunately the video stream is not working for me so I cannot see the demo…

11:30 PST The search box and the address bar are combined into one.

11:33 PST Incognito Mode: keeps porn off your site.

11:35 PST The downloads interface is simplified.

11:36 PST They have removed much of the user interface when you’re using web based applications. “they (webapps) want to break free of the window”

11:36 PST Create application shortcuts. Creates an app on your desktop and removes the much of the UI.

11:40 PST Multi Process Browser Architecture… When one of the websites/tabs you’re on crashes it doesn’t crash the whole browser… Also allows much better performance.

Security: rendering webpages doesn’t require very many permissions. The rendering engine has virtually no permissions… IE the sandbox

Read Write Web has coverage of this as well.

11:42 PST It has a ‘task manager’ to see what processes are using which resources not unlike your OS does.

11:44 PST Now showing what happens on a stuck tab/process… Guy kills it using a task manager.

11:46 PST Raw performance. Webkit rendering engine demo of speed.

Loading pages in IE (slow)

Loading pages in Chrome is way faster

11:47 PST Javascript Engine:

“we like fast performance”
“we want to do more”

They wrote a javascript engine from the ground up.

*we lost our connection here.

Check Techcrunch et al for some analysis.

Live Webcast

Google is hosting a webcast press briefing and demo — announcing the launch of Google Chrome, a new open source browser intended to create a better web experience for users around the world. Google Chrome is launching in beta version in more than 40 languages. We will be hosting a press briefing today at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), where the team behind Chrome will be introducing the product and leading demos. There will be a Q&A immediately following the event.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 11:00 a.m. Pacific/2:00 p.m. Eastern

Windows Media Player url:

Real Player url: (as if!)

[Full details of the live webcast are here]

A fresh take on the browser

Here is the post from the official google blog:

A fresh take on the browser
9/01/2008 02:10:00 PM
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. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends — all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. 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.

On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn’t the browser that matters. It’s only a tool to run the important stuff — the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. 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.

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today’s complex web applications much better. By keeping each tab in an isolated “sandbox”, we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.

This is just the beginning — Google Chrome is far from done. We’re releasing this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from you as quickly as possible. We’re hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and will continue to make it even faster and more robust.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we’re committed to continuing on their path. We’ve used components from Apple’s WebKit and Mozilla’s Firefox, among others — and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

The web gets better with more options and innovation. Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the web even better.

So check in again tomorrow to try Google Chrome for yourself. We’ll post an update here as soon as it’s ready.

Update @ 3:30 PM: We’ve added a link to our comic book explaining Google Chrome.

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