Chrome to Google is what Internet Explorer to Microsoft. Yes, you are right. Chrome, a web browser, is the newest google product intended, as people might say, to compete with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dominance.
Can Chrome do it? The more important thing for us, the users, is not about which’s winning what . Having more options to browse and hence, as Google says, to “add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web” is a lot more substance.
Update 3 September 2008: In my place, Indonesia, the link download to Google Chrome has started appearing in Google.com (see the picture) right below the search inbox. Or you even can download it free from here.
Last but not the least, what does Chrome literally mean? As this word will be one of world most frequently used English word, it’s necessary for you to know at least how to correctly spell and pronounce it. Here’s a peek from dictionary about the meaning, pronunciation and definition of Chrome although it may have nothing to do with reason Google pick the name for its web browser’s product:
From Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition 2006
n chrome [kroum]
an alloy of chromium and steel used for car-fittings etc.
From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003.
a. Chromium or a chromium alloy.
b. Something plated with a chromium alloy.
2. A pigment containing chromium.
tr.v. chromed, chrom·ing, chromes
1. To plate with chromium.
2. To tan or dye with a chromium compound.
[French, from Greek khroma, color (from the brilliant colors of chromium compounds).]
Some critical reviews and news on Google Chrome:
- Google Mule
- Serious Security Flaw in Google Chrome
- Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw
- Chrome captures 1% market share in just nine hours