the Google Chrome browser

Google Chrome is the new kid on the block, in regard to the other heavy hitters on the market, but it’s the richest one. It’s backed up by one of largest corporations on the planet and it became an important player in a very short time.

Google Chrome is based on the WebKit layout engine and uses the V8 JavaScript engine. The software is free, but the source code is subject to a number of open-source licenses. Google poured money into the development of the Google Chrome browser, imposing a development cycle that is almost unparalleled. This type of management, releasing a lot of smaller increments into a large number of versions has caught on and now Mozilla also follows this pattern.

This fast development cycle has managed to produce a ridiculous version number, at least in the eyes of the common user. The stable version of Google Chrome is 18.0.1025.162, the Beta version is 19.0.1084.36. and the Alpha version is 20.0.1115.1. and the most recent beta version is 22.0The main reason people use Google Chrome is because it looks simple and light. I say looks because Google knew what they were doing. I wouldn’t put it past them to hire some guys who had only one job, to make the interface as simple and as functional as possible.

The browser also supports third party extensions, and there are a lot of them. They are separated into extensions, which usually bring new or improved functionalities, and web apps, which are more like third party programs.

Besides the apparent simplicity, Google Chrome is also light and takes a lot less resources than Mozilla Firefox. This is a web browser I don’t have to restart in the middle of the day in order to reclaim some of the system memory.

It lacks a huge number of features, some important and some not, especially on the Linux platform. You can’t really see the size of a file before you download it and there is no extension to provide this function.

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