Yesterday, Google released the beta of their new open-source web-browser Chrome. A Google blog post from the previous day contains an explanation of their design philosophy behind it, together with an introductory comic strip, which explains matters a lot more. I’d encourage people to check it out (well, the comic at least).
Basically, it seems this browser is different from others in that
rather than the browser session being the ‘main unit’, processes are split
down by individual browser tabs. As far as I understand this means
that, for example, a crash or slow script or page in one tab shouldn’t crash or
hang your other ones. Which would be convenient! The flow of the tabs
is also supposed to lead to improvements in security as they are
restricted in what they can see and do (e.g. communication between
tabs) more than in other browsers. I suppose we will have to wait and
see what impact this has on the browser world. As it’s an open-source, I think something really good may be scooped up by future versions of
Firefox and so on.
I also read that Mozilla is not worried about the announcement and that CEO John Lilly said: They feel that they can make a better browser by starting from scratch–advances in browsers are good.
UPDATE: Download Google Chrome here.