Google Announces Chrome as Expected
Google finally ended years of speculation on whether it would enter the browser market by formally announcing its first browser version named Chrome. As typical of Google, Chrome was released in beta format and is currently available for Windows and XP only. Google has said it is working on versions for Mac and Linux with no set release date. The Chrome download page contains links to more information about the browser. Analysts are seeing Chrome as more than a browser though. As Google takes on the likes of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and, eventually, Safari, Chrome needs to offer a lot more than a way to access search pages. This could be Google's web OS with access to Google's search and software applications and another way to pt ads in front of users. Some analysts seem to be quite excited over Chrome, but may be prematurely predicting the demise of Microsoft’s presence in the browser and search markets.