Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google to Release Open-Source 'Chrome' Browser

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 here for more details -,2817,2329247,00.asp


Blogger D. Lambert said...

Ben - I've tried Chrome, and it's not bad. I'm sure it'll catch on to some extent just because it's from Google.

The biggest effect on software professionals, though, is that the browser landscape has suddenly become even more fractured. Firefox has been doing a decent job of this already, so we're already dealing with developing and testing on at least two web platforms. Many people just ignored Opera and Safari, but now we're going to have to develop and test with the WebKit engine that powers Safari and Chrome, too.

I believe this is going to force a shift in how web UI's are built, because we just can't sustain manually checking and testing on all of these platforms anymore. That could mean a move to rendering technologies like Flash, SilverLight, or Air, or it could mean we start seeing more cross-platform JavaScript UI libraries, but something's going to have to change.

September 3, 2008 at 10:02 AM  

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