Google Chrome

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Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox. The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia. Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

Anyway seems to me that a lot of people use google search and maps, so it seems that a google browser makes sense.

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Where can I buy Google Pizza to eat whilst surfing on their browser?

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This sounds like the answer to all the problems I've been having with Firefox. B) I hope it lives up to it's promise.

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I'll have to install it for testing at work, but I hope they make it a standalone item and not force other google apps on you at the sametime

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Great.. one more browser to test.. I hope this dies a quick death.. they should have just put their efforts into making Firefox better.

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According to the comic strip, they rebuilt the browser from the ground up to work with today's web with all it's applications. It makes a lot of sense. I'm sick of how slow Firefox is. Apparently, they've solved all those problems. I want it now.

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It's all open source too, so Firefox can rebuild itself if it wants. I'm really looking forward to all the promised speed and security.

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It's all open source too

I am getting a bit bored with the "open source" bandwagon. Nobody is ever going to bother mucking about in the source code, unless they are a bored developer, and then all they'll do is make some utterly useless bit of functionality along then lines of all the crap on facebook. I don't want to play scrabble. Ever.

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apparently the guys who programmed Google Earth are about to launch the beta versions of Google Wind and Google Fire

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Google are currently pushing the concept of web applications and cloud computing. This could be seen as an admission that it doesn't really work and what you need is a specialist client application. But that is not how the web 2.0 is supposed to work so lets call it a browser.

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Now I hope they build their own OS.

Yes, that would be fucking ace. Yet another variation. That would make Microsoft absolutely delighted as the momentum to create one platform to challenge their offering would be split again. Although Google has a nice fluffy image they, like all billion dollar companies, can be a bunch of shits when it suits them so in the end they'd just be another Microsoft. I'd be happier if they just concentrated on supporting their decent applications, like Sketchup, better on Linux and Mac OSX.

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They already have an OS. I take it you haven't heard of Google Android.. Running on the HTC Dream AKA: G-Phone, which will be sold by T-mobile.

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Oh, that thing for mobile devices. Not so worried about that as nobody is dominant like Microsoft in that market and it's much tougher than many appreciate at first look so I imagine the competition will be good. I was mainly thinking of desktop operating systems and we already have enough of those.

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Oh, that thing for mobile devices. Not so worried about that as nobody is dominant like Microsoft in that market ...

Symbian (now owner by Nokia) is very dominant. Although promising to be open in the future.

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I am getting a bit bored with the "open source" bandwagon. Nobody is ever going to bother mucking about in the source code, unless they are a bored developer.

You are clearly someone who has never seen a popular software die only because some guys in management thought they could do better business without it.

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Last I heard from Symbian was it was used by those manufacturers who were forced into producing a few mobiles a year because of old agreements but that it was far from a small screen Windows form of domination. Nokia only ended up holding the baby as all its other parents walked away. Last time I had to work with Symbian it was also shit on the inside.

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Don't know when the Wiki page was last updated but it states the below.. Time for 2008 Stats.. - Lots of other info avail too

Symbian OS is the leading OS in the "smart mobile device" market. Statistics published February 2007 showed that Symbian OS had a 67% share of the smart mobile device market, with Microsoft having 13% through Windows CE and Windows Mobile and RIM having 10%.[4] Other competitors include Palm OS, iPhone OS, Qualcomm's BREW, Google Android, SavaJe and MontaVista_Software.
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I would also like to see the privacy elements of Chrome. Assuming the browser is there to support Google's advertising business (which is their core business - not writing software apps) it could now be sending back your individual keystrokes to Google, not just your browsing habits. Chrome could be something of the Trojan Horse.

I looked at comic book thing, but got bored and skipped through it - so if it did include a section on not passing browsing history back to people like DoubleClick then please correct me.

And on Open Source "popular software" - I do not think the Guys in in Engineering are the best decision makers on product roadmaps - leave that to the management; Boys, you're not paid to think. Listen to engineering all the time and we typically end up with a great solution to a problem no one has. :)

And on a last note, what about poor old Firefox! They sold their souls to Google and now they've dumped them. The reason the browser is even worse than IE7 is that Google were dictating what it would and wouldn't do (behind the scenes).

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... And on Open Source "popular software" - I do not think the Guys in in Engineering are the best decision makers on product roadmaps - leave that to the management; ...

Well that at least that explains Vista.

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...) it could now be sending back your individual keystrokes to Google, not just your browsing habits. Chrome could be something of the Trojan Horse.

This is, without doubt the business justification within Google to produce Chrome. Every application they produce is there to collect your data for use for or against you, now or in the future. They have some well written and useful applications, but you should always bear their motivation in mind when using them, and use them carefully. Chrome is sure to pull you closer to their application world - web browsing will be secondary function.

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All this talk of an OS by google is missing the point - the browser is becoming what users see as the OS. Microsoft sorta had a vaguely correct idea when they went down their ultimately doomed active desktop route, but the idea that your "desktop" wil in fact be more or less a webpage is what google know, and are gunning for.

I don't really care if companies want to make a load of different browser software, but I'd be so much happier if they could all agree on a set of bloody standards first. Transparency is not supported on 24 bit png files in IE, but is elsewhere; shit ALWAYS renders differently depending on what IDE you used; people start producing "frameworks" and plugins which are no bloody different from the days of activeX controls really... it is all a nightmare. For all this talk of "web 2.0" and the way the future will all be about multimedia, we are still massively reliant on whether there is a flash plugin for our browser of choice, whatever the fuck it may be. Madness. Now there is silverlight too. Oh great.

The whole tech side of the internet should be given to the porn companies. They have always been market leaders in everthing on the net.

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Anyway, back to Chrome. It's already available now from the download link.

First impressions? Very quick, but lacking quite a few features compared to Firefox 3.

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For the past hour that I've been trying it out I found it's not too bad.

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