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Alex Christie

2 September 2008

Google has today announced albeit by ‘accident’ the imminent release of it’s new Chrome browser.  In typical Google fashion they have chosen to be different and announced the release of Chrome via a unique means in the form of a 38 page online comic book.

Feature wise, it appears that the new Chrome browser will incorporate all the best features from the existing browsers.  One of the nicest features to make it’s way into the new browser is a feature that has been taken from Opera , that allows you to view thumbnail images of all your current tabs in one page.

The new browser will make use of the same HTML parsing engine which is used in Apples Safari browser, but will sport a completely re-written JavaScript engine.  This means that all websites that support the Safari browser, should display correctly in Chrome, although some testing will still need to be done to ensure any JavaScript functionality works as intended.

Currently Internet Explorer holds around 50.6% of the browser market share, followed by Firefox on 43.7% and Safari third on 2.6% (complete stats here) .  A large part of Firefox’s popularity has been due to the fact that it was open source and this has led to a large number of after market add-ons being developed.  As Chrome is also being released as open source, we believe that it will most likely affect Firefox’s market share and will have less of an impact on Internet Explorer.

We are eagerly awaiting the release of the new browser and will be posting an update as soon as we get our hands on it!

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