02 September, 2008

Google Chrome - My new web browser!

Don't forget it's Google Chrome launch day today! It's a new, built from the ground up (rather than evolving organically) web browser with some absolutely amazing new features -

  • Threaded processing (so one Javascript crash can't hang your entire browsing experience)
  • Web content gets locked into a sandbox in it's own memory space, so far less chance of memory leaks and bad performance
  • Permission to data on your hard drive is strictly controlled, so much less to worry about from Spyware/Malware (and they are also giving away free automatically updated blacklists of evil sites to help to stop you from being tricked into giving up personal details
  • Sandbox sessions can't get at Windows to change code or steal financial details/passwords
  • A total privacy mode exists where nothing you do is ever recorded or kept stored on the hard drive
  • The new start page automatically populates with your 9 most visited sites
  • Each tab has it's own address bar which will auto-suggest (only very sensible) selected sites or related searches

Check out the "comic book" introduction to the project (which goes into much more detail than I have here)...

Really looking forward to this! Bring it on Google!

Update - Grab it here...

Update update - someone has already discovered an easter egg - type in "about:internets" to the address bar... ;)


Colin Bruce said...

You happy to license out your content?


¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

They have now removed the offending section from the EULA...I'm happy... ;)

For those of you who didn't read all the terms and conditions, just to put that last comment in context, it used to have the following statement in it - "11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content, you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services." - which was rather cheeky, however, as of this morning, the statement has been completely removed...

Go ahead and use Chrome, it's fine... ;)