Today, most of what we use the Web for on a daily basis aren’t just web pages, they are “applications”. These applications, which run inside our Web browsers, are increasingly becoming more advanced in their functionality and more interactive in their usability.
The Web browser acts as the core container for these applications, and it is critical to any Web application in terms of security, stability, speed, and operability. In the Web browsers space, the much speculated launch of a new browser from Google, called Chrome, marks a very important step in “remaking” the Web. I’m overwhelmed with what Google Chrome offers as a product, and excited too, because this will open up doors to even more advancements in the Web application space.
So, what’s so special about Google Chrome, that’s not already there in existing (and time-tested) Web browsers like Firefox, IE, Opera, Safari etc. I downloaded Chrome (it is open source) and played around with it for a bit, and let me put it this way – Google Chrome is not about what’s there, but about what’s not there. For the Google team, the mantra became “Content, not chrome,” which is sort of weird given the name of the browser. It’s incredible that something as potentially game-changing as a Google browser has stayed under wraps for two years.
Google amazes me. I sit here and wonder, isn’t this how it all should have been in the first place. Having looked at Chrome for just a few hours, I can easily say that even in its infancy, it is the most promising Web browser aimed towards the future of Web applications.