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Description

Google Chrome is the latest free browser to be released. It combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Google Chrome's name was derived from the graphical user interface frame or the "chrome" of web browsers. It's primary goals as a web browser is to improve security, speed, and stability compared to the other web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox. Even in the terms of service for the initial beta release, it granted Google an unusual tracking feature that sends information about visited websites back to Google. This is only enabled when users opt in by checked it as an option to help make Google Chrome better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google when you install the web browser.

The Web-Browser battles have reestablished themselves and are moving at full force to knock any competitors from the water. Old reliable, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, is releasing their IE8 beta with a few new features to keep up with the ever-changing user needs, just as competitor Mozilla Firefox is doing. Though IE8 and Firefox have jumped into battle the Google Chrome web-browser is proving to be a tough opponent introducing the newest and most sought after feature of the new browsers, the privacy mode.
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Privacy


The privacy modes allow the user to web-browse, seemingly unnoticed, providing the user with the ability to browse and perform tasks over the internet that they deem private without the worry of being tracked. This still will allow users to bookmark favorites but most of all, it draws a line between what is felt as public and private web-surfing. Once introduced by Google with the release of their beta web-browser, Google Chrome, they also made a point to announce that though the description of the privacy mode provides the idea of clear undetected browsing, that it is does nothing to prevent any malicious third party software from recording keystrokes, as well as people standing behind the user, or other such means of information retrieval which could lead to identity theft.

In addition to Chromes Incognito feature, it is attracting much attention by means of its lightning fast process times. Though only in its beta stages, Chrome is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, of course its creators still have a few kinks to work out before it can truly step up to the plate against Internet Explorer. Through sacrifice of some of the flash and gadgets that IE8 and Firefox offer, Chrome has turned to other options.

Breaking from the norm, Chrome has also introduced a new spin on the tab system. Most of the widely used browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, have long placed their tabs below the upper task bar, or right above the page. However, Chrome features its tabs at the very top of the window. It may seem a minor change, but it marks a change in the standard system of tabbing. Chrome has implemented another new addition to its tabbed browsing- a footprint system for each tab that provides the user with information in regards to how much of their computer memory and processing resources are being used in each specific tab. Along with their new tabbing system, Google is continuing their Google Suggestion search tool, which aids in web-browsing to suit the users interests and previous search queries, providing for a much quicker and painless search process.

Another new trait of Chrome’s is the homepage. As opposed to the classic “about:blank” homepage of Internet Explorer’s, Chrome’s homepage contains thumbnail images of your most visited sites to jump start your browsing experience. Instead of going through your list of bookmarked pages on the favorites menu, your favorite websites are now ready to be opened the moment you open the browser.

Additional Features & Applications


After deciding to veer away from your previous browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, Google’s Chrome makes it very simple for the user to make the transition. Chrome automatically detects the current browser being used, sends you through an installation process, and even gives distinct prompts such as how to access downloaded files within your previous IE. Another user-friendly feature of Chrome is the fact that it initially imports your passwords, settings, and even bookmarks from Firefox or Internet Explorer making the transition extremely simple. It’s like having a friend move an entire house of furniture without having to pay them for their service! Another amazing aspect that makes the transition so unique is its ability to utilize username and password data, which enables the system to automatically fill those fields upon using Chrome for the first time you visit a particular website.


One of the newest advances in the technological design aspect of Google’s Chrome is the reduction in the gap between desktop and the latest buzz about “cloud computing.” With a simple stroke of a particular key, you are able to make a desktop, Start menu, or even QuickLaunch shortcut to any Web application or Web page. By doing so, Chrome is lessening the distinction between what’s online and what is inside your PC. By creating a shortcut for the application Google Maps for example, all of the toolbars and tabs are left behind. By doing so, Chrome makes it feel as if you are using a desktop application rather than a Web application or Web page. Although this may seem a bit confusing because it lacks the forward and back buttons, Chrome enables you to utilize the right-click of the mouse to navigate backwards on the page.


Mozilla vs. Microsoft


With Google Chrome in the spotlight, Mozilla and Microsoft all pressing forward to try

and match up to their stiff competition. Mozilla is doing all it can to keep Microsoft from sweeping the audience. It has introduced most recently its AwesomeBar. The AwesomeBar gives users the ability to search their web history and bookmarks using keywords, thus providing a more user-friendly and hassle-free URL search. In addition to the AwesomeBar Mozilla has also introduced temporary experimental plug-ins attempting to steal some thunder from Microsoft by mimicking projected IE8 features called Accelerators and Web Slices. With Mozillas download hits growing more rapidly as the months move on, Microsofts have fallen significantly in the past year. The next few months will really tell which way this battle is going to sway, and it is only going to get more intense and tight knit as it progresses.

Related Links

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-techblog25-2008sep25,0,5784377.story
http://flathatnews.com/content/68832/google-chrome%E2%80%99s-launch-misses-gold
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=03200112TE68
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=032002XVKM8W
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=032002I00C8W
http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2008/04/21/a-little-something-awesome-about-firefox-3/
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080902-hands-on-with-chrome-googles-browser-shines-mostly.html

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