“Google launched its first foray into the browser wars today with the official release of Chrome, a new open source web browser that aims to push forward Internet innovation and elevate user expectations. Although Chrome is still a bit light on features, it is surprisingly polished and has an assortment of highly promising capabilities that could influence the future of browser design.”
“Google’s new web browser Chrome is fast, shiny, and requires users to sign their very lives over to Google before they can use it. Today’s Internet outrage du jour has been Chrome’s EULA, which appears to give Google a nonexclusive right to display and distribute every bit of content transmitted through the browser. Now, Google tells Ars that it’s a mistake, the EULA will be corrected, and the correction will be retroactive.”
“Just hours after the release of Google Chrome, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine two vulnerabilities — a flaw in Apple Safari (WebKit) and a Java bug discussed at this year’s Black Hat conference — to trick users into launching executables direct from the new browser.”
Marshall Kirkpatrick writes:
“one thing we hadn’t noticed until this evening was a curious section of the Chrome Terms of Service.”
“The terms include a section giving Google “a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.” That seems pretty extreme for a browser, doesn’t it?”
“Mozilla fought back on Wednesday with some performance results to show a forthcoming version of Firefox outpacing Google’s new Web browser, Chrome.”
Chrome development team from left, Mark Larson, Brian Rakowski, Darin Fisher, and Ben Goodger Photo by Joe Pugliese
Steven Levy of Wired has an excellent article that outlines the back story behind the Chrome browser.
Watch a video from the development team on the thinking and features behind Google Chrome.
One box for everything
Web search. Web history. Address bar. Suggestions as you type. One unified box serves all your browsing needs. Learn more.
New Tab page
Every time you open a new tab, you’ll see a visual sampling of your most visited sites, most used search engines, and recently bookmarked pages and closed tabs. Learn more.
Use web apps without opening your browser. Application shortcuts can directly load your favorite online apps. Learn more.
You can drag tabs out of the browser to create new windows, gather multiple tabs into one window or arrange your tabs however you wish — quickly and easily. Learn more.
Every tab you’re using is run independently in the browser, so if one app crashes it won’t take anything else down. Learn more.
Don’t want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing. Learn more.
Google Chrome warns you if you’re about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website. Learn more.
Want to bookmark a web page? Just click the star icon at the left edge of the address bar and you’re done. Learn more.
When you switch to Google Chrome, you can pick up where you left off with all the bookmarks and passwords from your existing browser. Learn more.
No intrusive download manager; you see your download’s status at the bottom of your current window. Learn more.