“Google Inc’s new browser software is designed to work ‘invisibly’ and will run any application that runs on Apple Inc’s Safari Web browser, company officials said on Tuesday,” Eric Auchard reports for Reuters.
The company said the new Web browser, dubbed Google Chrome — a long-anticipated move to compete with Microsoft Corp, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers — is now available for download [WIndows-only beta currently],” Auchard reports.
MacDailyNews Take: Google, get a Mac version out ASAP before you alienate the group who could be your most ardent allies.
“Google Chrome relies on Apple’s WebKit software for rendering Web pages, he said. It also has taken advantage of features of community-developed browser Firefox from Mozilla Corp. Google is a primary financial backer of Mozilla,” Auchard reports. “‘If you are Webmaster, and your site works in Apple Safari then it will work very well in Google Chrome,’ Sundar Pichai, Google’s vice president of product management said at a news conference at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters.”
“Apple WebKit is widely used by Web developers, not simply for Apple applications like the iPhone but also by Google itself with its mobile phone software, called Android,” Auchard reports. “‘We have borrowed good ideas from others,’ Pichai said. ‘Our goal here was to bring our point of view but do it in a very open way,’ he said in response to a reporter’s question.”
“‘We don’t want to live in a world where all that (innovation) is locked up and kept secret,’ Google co-founder Larry Page told the news conference. Page was a primary supporter of the Chrome project among Google’s executive team,” Auchard reports. “Sergey Brin, Page’s fellow co-founder, said Google planned to continue to work closely with Mozilla and hoped to see future version of Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox become more unified over time.”
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