So why is Google doing this? First, off let me tell what it's not. It's not an attempt to kill off Internet Explorer or Firefox. Google just renewed its partnership with Mozilla and that deal, which runs through 2011 accounts for 85% of Mozilla's income.
So what is it then? There are five reasons why Google is doing this, and, if you read the comic book closely - yes, I'm serious - and you know technology you can see the reasons for yourself. These, in turn, lead to what I think is Google's real goal for Chrome.
Next, Google wants a browser that can handle large Web-based applications. To make that happen, Chrome includes better memory garbage collection for both its Web tabs and for its V8 JVM. The net result is a Web browser that takes up a bit more memory when you first run it, but doesn't have the memory leakage problems that cause other browsers to slow down the longer you run them as they slowly but surely eat up all available memory.
If you're going to be running a lot of Google applications, Google knows that you want to be sure that your work is secure. To help with that, Google is sandboxing tabs. Sandboxing is a tried and true security measure that gives an application, or in this case, a Web tab, only the permissions it needs to run. Google will be using a relatively strict permissions system, where a tab requires express permission before it can do anything with data on your system.
Finally, Google is using WebKit, the Apple/KDE-based open-source Web browser engine. WebKit is also what Google is using for its Android mobile phone system.
WebKit is best known for being small and efficient. That's one of the reasons why it's in Android, Nokia uses it in some of its mobile devices and Apple uses it in the iPhone.
Now, what do you get when you put this all together? You get Google designing not so much a traditional Web browser, but a Web application platform. And, it's not just a PC Web application platform, it's one that will work equally well, without any changes on mobile devices like the increasing popular mini-laptops and MIDs (mobile Internet devices).
You see, killing Internet Explorer isn't really Chrome's goal. No, killing Microsoft Office is Chrome's goal.
Chrome is open source. Its good features will soon be adopted by Firefox and other open-source browsers. Then, running on top of Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, Chrome, and the open-source browsers that take up its features, will provide the gateway on PCs and other computing devices to fast, efficient and safe Web-based applications.
Great free Web applications or pricey Office applications... Hmmm... Ballmer and the rest of the Microsoft crew should be worried. Very worried.
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