Having four browsers to choose from (IE, Firefox, Safari, and Opera) not enough for you? Then you’re in luck as Google will be launching one as well:
The free browser, called “Chrome,” is supposed to be available for downloading Tuesday in more than 100 countries for computers running on Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Google said it’s still working on versions compatible with Apple Inc.‘s Mac computer and the Linux operating system.
Google’s browser is expected to hit the market a week after Microsoft’s unveiling of a test version of its latest browser update, Internet Explorer 8. The tweaks include more tools for Web surfers to cloak their online preferences, creating a shield that could make it more difficult for Google and other marketing networks to figure out which ads are most likely to appeal to which individuals.
[…] Until now, Google had been trying to undermine Internet Explorer by supporting Firefox, a Web browser developed by the open-source Mozilla Foundation. Bolstered by an advertising partnership with Google’s search engine, Firefox ranks as the second most popular browser, with a market share of more than 10 percent. Google recently extended its advertising alliance with Firefox through 2011.
[…] “The Web gets better with more options and innovation,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, Google’s engineering director, wrote in the posting. “Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the Web even better.”
Microsoft brushed aside the threat in a statement Monday from Dean Hachamovitch, Internet Explorer’s general manager.
“The browser landscape is highly competitive, but people will choose Internet Explorer 8 for the way it puts the services they want right at their fingertips … and, more than any other browsing technology, puts them in control of their personal data online,” Hachamovitch said.
I was offline for most of the weekend so I didn’t see the news when it first leaked yesterday, though DOF was on the ball with a link to the online manual that uses a comic book format to explain why Google feels its new browser is different and better than the competition. Word has it that the news resulted in some network congestion for the folks at Google as parts of their network were overwhelmed by people looking for information on the browser.
I’ll probably download it later tonight to try it out after I get home from class. Yep, I start back to college tonight so I won’t get a chance to play with it until much later this evening.