Google unveiled its open-source browser and proto-OS, Google Chrome.

Lots of innovations, less in the front-end then at the background side. The interface changed a lot, as expected. With Firefox and IE, all those nice tabs stay below the address bar, but in Chrome, they are all above it. Chrome got rid of many menus and toolbar buttons and gives more screen space for the Web pages, which means more information with less scroll.

But the application takes browsing to a new level, as different tabs are assigned to different processes, granting all those advantages that we normally see in a operating system. According to their little graphic novel, “the problem with today’s web browsers are (sic) that they are all still based on a design that was first created to display web pages. Just that simple little task”. As web pages include e-mail, photo editing, videos, spreadsheets, the serialized standard model became slow and cumbersome. Chrome is designed so that each web page is allocated its own set of computer resources, its own allotment of processes and memory: memory is better handled, and page actions are isolated much like different programs are isolated.

Is it the Windows killer? I’m not sure.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

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