Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Google Chrome

Second Rank-Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on 2 September 2008, and the public stable release was on 11
December 2008. The name is derived
from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers. As of
January 2011, Chrome was the third
most widely used browser, and passed
the 10% worldwide usage share of web browsers, according to Net Applications. [1] In September 2008, Google released a
large portion of Chrome's source code,
including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium. [2][3] This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying
source code and to help convert the
browser to the Mac OS X and Linux
operating systems. Google also expressed
hope that other browsers would adopt
V8 to improve web application performance.[4] The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license,[5] which allows portions to be incorporated into
both open source and closed source software programs.[6] Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open source licenses.[7] Chromium implements the same feature set as
Chrome, but lacks built-in automatic
updates and Google branding, and most
noticeably has a blue-colored logo in place of the multicolored Google logo.[8] History For six years, Google's Chief Executive Eric Schmidt was against the idea of building an independent web browser.
He stated that "At the time, Google was
a small company", and he did not want
to go through "bruising browser wars".
However, after co-founders Sergey Brin
and Larry Page hired several Mozilla Firefox developers and built a demonstration of Chrome, Mr. Schmidt
admitted that "It was so good that it
essentially forced me to change my mind".[9] Announcement The release announcement was originally
scheduled for 3 September 2008, and a
comic by Scott McCloud was to be sent to journalists and bloggers explaining the
features of and motivations for the new browser.[10] Copies intended for Europe were shipped early and German blogger Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped [11] made a scanned copy of the 38- page comic available on his website after receiving it on 1 September 2008.[12] Google subsequently made the comic available on Google Books[13] and mentioned it on their official blog along
with an explanation for the early release.
The browser was first publicly released
for Microsoft Windows (XP and later
versions only) on 2 September 2008 in
43 languages, officially a beta version. [15] Chrome quickly gained about 1% market share despite being only available for Microsoft Windows.[14][16][17][18] After the initial surge, usage share
dropped until it hit a low of 0.69% in
October 2008. It then started rising
again and by December 2008, Chrome again passed the 1% threshold.[19] In early January 2009, CNET reported that Google planned to release versions
of Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux in the first half of the year.[20] The first official Chrome Mac OS X and Linux developer previews[21] were announced on 4 June 2009 with a blog post[22] saying they were missing many features and were
intended for early feedback rather than
general use. In December 2009, Google released beta
versions of Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux.
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