Chrome (home page here?) will be a Web browser from Google to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox. According to A fresh take on the browser on the Google blog, "We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow [Tuesday] in more than 100 countries." They even have a comic book to explain its virtues.
|CNet summarizes the comic book in Google 'starting from scratch' with own browser, Chrome. Key features of the new browser:|
Chrome seems to be a key part of a Google plan to develop an Internet-based operating system, where users can use the same applications with the same experience from any computer connected to the Internet.
Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project has more details. One blogger from PC World posts a rather interesting list he has of Ten Questions About Google Chrome. ZDNet blogs have more analysis in Google to launch browser to battle IE; Is Firefox a target or tag-team partner? and Is Google Chrome an IE/Firefox/Opera/Safari killer?. One PC Magazine blogger warns, Don't Get Hooked on Google Chrome Hype.
I suspect that Internet Explorer users who haven't been interested enough to move to Firefox also won't move to Chorme either, at least until they find IE frustrating enough to move to something else. I suspect Firefox fans will be torn on whether to make Chrome their primary browser, depending on how good Chrome really is and on how quickly Firefox improves to compete. If Chrome is a hit, it seems fairly likely to me that it and Firefox will merge, although it's also possible that the Firefox and Chrome development camps could become mortal enemies.