- Are Internet Explorer and Firefox ready to do battle with Chrome?
Google announced Monday that it has been hard at work on an open-source browser known as Chrome, a beta version of which will be released in 100 countries on Tuesday.
"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," Sundar Pichai
, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, Google engineering director, wrote in a blog post
Google was apparently looking to keep news of Chrome under wraps until after the holiday weekend. A 38-page, online comic book
that provided details about Chrome hit the blogosphere Monday morning, but Pichai and Upson said in their blog post that Google had "hit 'send' a bit early" on the web comic.
The comic depicts various Google engineers describing Chrome's features, including the isolated tab idea.
"By keeping each tab in an isolated 'sandbox', we were able to prevent one tab from crashing...