Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is going after the fundamental underpinning of how users access the Internet: it is going to launch a new web browser called Chrome, according to various reports (first reported here). It may come as soon as tomorrow, reports ATD.
This despite Google's continued support of the other open source browser Mozilla...just last week it extended its support of the Mozilla foundation until 2011.
Chrome will feature enhanced address-bar features, including a new format for tabs, the ability to view Web pages as thumbnails, and other new features meant to make web browsing faster. The browser, of course, will integrate various Google services in it, something that rivals has accused Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) of doing over the years when invoking the monopoly claims against the software giant.
A Google browser has been rumored for many years now, as the company moves closer to developing services rivaling MSFT, including its core constituency of MSFT Office products...Google did launch its Google Docs product, which while popular among a sub-set, has not caught on in the mainstream yet. The development of a Google browser will help allay fears that MSFT could wean away search share through its IE8 browser
By Rafat Ali