UPDATE: Google Chrome now available for download.
Today, Google will be releasing their first Open Source browser, Chrome for Windows. Google has slyly put a new free product in the market just to channelize all its other offerings like Search, Videos, Mail, Docs etc. We will not comment on it further because nevertheless, the features of the Chrome look promising.
– Open Source: Chrome also follows the footsteps of the mighty Firefox.
– WebKit: Chrome uses Webkit rendering engine which is used by Safari, Android, S60 browsers and many more.
– User Interface: The UI has been tweaked a little. The tabs are placed above the Menu and the address bar. Each tab has its own URL bar which is dubbed as Omnibox. It integrates Google’s suggest feature along with instant keyword searching through history just like Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5. A feature lifted by Chrome is Opera’s speed dial feature. However, instead of you setting the pages, Chrome sets the pages on account of number of visits you make. Another thing added to Chrome’s speed list is the frequently used search engines.
– Incognito: It is nothing but private browsing. Cookie of the website is deleted as soon as the user closes the tab.
– Different Tabs, different processes: This is one of the most interesting feature. Chrome gives a fixed memory allocation to each tab rather than the whole browser hogging the memory. In case of a memory leak, a user has to just close the tab instead of fearing about the browser being crashedand forget that memory leak. No need to worry about closing up the browser altogether.
– Webapps: Here is where Google products play a part. Clicking on Gmail, Youtube or any other Google product will take the user directly without him to take the pain to enter the address. It is unclear if the webapps feature is only limited to Google products or more websites can be added.
– Better security protection for malware and phishing.
– Google Gears support
The browser will be released today at 11AM (PDT). You can watch the webcast today at the same time.