Google released its own web browser today, called Chrome. At the moment, it is only available in beta to Windows users only. Mac and Linux versions are said to be in the works. I’ve been reading about on it online. I’m pleased that they are releasing Chrome as an open-source application. Tonight, I downloaded the app, but haven’t installed it yet. I’m eager to try Chrome, but I seriously doubt any browser will pull me away from Firefox 3.
So why did Google make its own web browser? Google tries to answer that here. In my opinion, with an already flooded browser market (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Camino, Opera, etc.), I don’t see the need for another browser. Web developers have enough juggling to do already.
In the big picture, I’d rather see an entire Google operating system. If somehow releasing their own browser is a small step in that direction, then I cheer them on. I only hope it doesn’t become another one of Google’s forever-beta programs. Gmail to this day still calls itself a beta product. Get real! It has been a final product for years now. What’s with all the betas? Slap a 1.0 on it and kick it out the door.