San Francisco, Sep 2: Google announced on Monday, Sep 1 that it has been hard at work on an open-source browser known as Chrome, a beta version of which will be released in 100 countries on Tuesday, Sep 2.
The comic depicts various Google engineers describing Chrome's features, including the isolated tab idea. By keeping each tab in an isolated 'sandbox', we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites, Pichai and Upson told. Having a number of tabs open in a single browser eats up memory. If a browser is running slow, a user's natural inclination is to close a few tabs? In some cases, however, little bits of the closed tabs remain, which eats up space and requires the operating system to grow the browser's address space, according to Google. With Chrome, there will be a different tab for each process, including plug-ins.
Like OpenSocial and Android, Chrome will be an open source initiative. 'We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path,' they wrote. 'We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.'
The team selected Webkit because it uses memory efficiently, was easily adapated to embedded devices, and it was easy for new browser developers to learn to make the code base work, according to the web comic. 'Webkit keeps it simple.' Google recently extended its financial deal with Mozilla until 2011, according to a blog post from Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation.
On Tuesday Sep 2 release will be available for Windows users. 'We're hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and will continue to make it even faster and more robust,' Pichai and Upson added. 'This is just the beginning -- Google Chrome is far from done,' they said. 'Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the web even better.'