Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google goes Chrome

You have, no doubt heard the news by now that Google has released/will release a new browser called "Chrome." Chrome represents the fourth (or more) frontal assault on the castle walls of Microsoft (Gmail, calendars, and Google docs are meant to replace Outlook and Office) and given the popularity and usability of their other software, I can say I took the news with great interest.

For one, I was very excited by this news because we here at the UW Tacoma Library are always looking for improvements to our user's browsing experience. Especially when it comes to the safety of people's personal information which Chrome was expected to deliver. For another, I just wanted to play around with some new tech and Google's particular way of tying information gathering technologies together makes the prospect extra exciting.

When I came in to work today, I was hoping to get a copy of the browser to start testing but it turns out that Google did not really want to release it into the wild just yet. So, they have now completely scrubbed their search cache and moved the browser download link. Alas, no Chrome for me to test but rest assured, when Chrome hits the streets I'll be there to put it through its paces. Which means that you too will get an early look at Chrome.

Until then, I guess we'll all have to wait.


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