Some of you may have heard about this over the weekend, but Google leaked an announcement of its new, open source web browser, dubbed Google Chrome. I say “leaked” because it appears they (snail) mailed some press materials that showed up a day early. The announcement was meant for today, not yesterday. As such, there’s little to nothing online from the Internet giant.
http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-09-01-n47.html was sent a Scott McCloud illustrated comic book talking about the new Chrome web browser. Scott McCloud is awesome, if you’ve never heard of him.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/fresh-take-on-browser.html is Google’s “oops” post.
http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/ is a Google book with scanned pages of the comic book. It’s a great read, and the web browser is explained in a way that is entertaining as well as informative, all without being technical.
http://www.google.com/chrome is the URL at which (presumably) we’ll be able to download Chrome for Windows when it’s released. Apple and Linux versions are in the works.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mozilla, Microsoft, Apple, Opera and others respond to this. What do you think? Is the browser market too cluttered? Is there room for improvement? Would you consider switching browsers?