Google Chrome

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Google Chrome
Website www.google.com/chrome
Created by Google
Developed by Google
Software type Web browser
Initial release Sept 2008
Source model Mostly open source
Licence Google Chrome TOS
Supported OSes Windows

Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google. Most of the code for Chrome is released in the form of Google's open source Chromium project, but Chrome itself contains closed-source components.

Chrome is designed to be clean and fast, and uses a new JavaScript engine called V8. The key technical innovation is that each tab in the browser is a separate process, meaning that badly-written scripts running in one tab do not affect other tabs[1]. Somewhat unusally, Google announced Chrome by producing a comic book illustrating the features and design of the browser[2], and have produced a behind-the-scenes video [3].

The open source code base used in Chrome is called 'Chromium' and is released under the BSD License[4]. Chromium and Chrome are based on WebKit, an open-source HTML renderer, which is used in the Safari (browser), the iPhone and Android, Google's handheld platform.

References

  1. Google Chrome, A fresh take on the browser
  2. Google Chrome comic book
  3. [1]
  4. Google Code, Chromium