posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 06:54 UTC, submitted by Renai LeMay
IconThe browser wars may just become a little bit more interesting. Apart from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari, another player is ready to join the field in what will most probably be released as a beta - you know, company policy - for the upcoming 23 years: Chrome. It's a webkit-based browser from Google. Update: It's out there, folks.

Instead of being announced in a normal way, Google had to be all hip about it and leak a web comic (I kid you not) to Blogoscoped. As they explain:

Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I've scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome.

Some features are quite interesting. It will have a new Javascript engine from Denmarkk called V8, which uses a 'multi-process' design, which probably means that you can kill individual pages without bringing down the entire browser - at the expense of slightly more memory usage. In a blog post posted after the leakage, Google explains that each page lives in its own sandbox, so that one rogue website can't take down the entire browser.

It will also have more common features like anti-phishing protection, tabs (no, really?), window-less web applications, porn-mode privacy mode, and much more. The browser will be released for Windows today, Linux and Mac versions will follow later. Screenshots have already leaked, and sadly, it seems as if Google is using their own theme for the application's buttons and window borders, just like Apple did with Safari. Too bad.

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