Eeeekkkk Alors! Google have just announced a new web browser called Chrome. This is a rather sophisticated beast, so in order to convey the underlying concepts, they've created a
"comic book" explanation of the browser:
There are a lot of interesting things about this browser, such as the fact that it essentially locks each tab into its own process and memory area; this is claimed to resolve many of the security issues associated with web-based applications.
With security in mind, there is a constantly updated phishing notification system built in.
According to Matt Rosoff, an analyst at the independent Directions on Microsoft, Chrome could be the key piece in Google's effort to convince users to replaced packaged software with Web applications. That is, instead of purchasing a word processor and loading it on your PC, for example, why not simply use one that you access over the web. Apart from anything else, this means that you are always using the latest and greatest version of the little rascal.
As Matt Says: "This is the potential threat that Microsoft has been worried about since the 1990s. You've got Web apps running inside isolated processes. It really sounds a lot like Google trying to take the Web application model and make it more viable as a replacement for the desktop PC application
model. This is Google trying to really push applications to the Web and make that the way people do computing."
Now, having been caught out by "wet" software myself in the past, I wouldn't recommend that you run out and replace your existing browser (or browsers) with Chrome just yet, because there are invariably bugs and "gotchas" in early software versions that can quickly make you mega-disgruntled. On the other hand, if you have a few moments free to play around – and after all of the hullabaloo has dies down, because Google's Chrome download servers are running a tad slow at the moment – it probably wouldn't hurt to download a copy of Chrome and take it for spin, because this will give you a real good idea as to what the future holds on the web-browsing front.
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