A fresh take on the browser 9/01/2008 02:10:00 PM
At Google, we have a saying: "launch early and iterate." While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit "send" a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.
Oh, and yes, Chrome is the name of a long since dead Microsoft "multimedia browser" project (~'97-'98 time frame.) Thus my comment from this post's excerpt:
Chrome? That's the best they could come up with?! Well, more on that later.
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. The book points to www.google.com/chrome, but I can't see anything live there yet.
From the scanned version of the comic book:
Google on Google Chrome - comic book
Google Chrome is Google's browser project; this comic book by Google, drawn by Scott McCloud, is scanned here and shown under its Creative Commons license.
Still researching this and will provide more detail once it seems I've got a better grasp of the entire story. Of course this announcement does beg the question:
Do we really need Yet Another WebKit-based Browser? I'm all for innovation and competition, but what exactly does Google believe they can provide that Konqueror and Safari do not?
Anyone care to chime in on this one?