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Chrome Beta available today

Google Chrome in betaThe new open source browser from Google gets it's beta release today and it will be available for download in over 100 countries. Sporting features such as 'isolated' tabs to prevent multiple tabs crashing  and a more powerful JavaScript engine, Chrome will be going head to head with Internet Explorer and Firefox. One thing that makes Chrome different from the competition is that it's a multiprocess application, instead of the multithreaded approach modern web browsers use. Not only are the tabs (or HTML renderers)  seperate processes but  JavaScript VM’s and plugins are too.

Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, service Google engineering director, wrote in the official Chrome blog:


This is just the beginning -- Google Chrome is far from done. We're releasing this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from you as quickly as possible. We're hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and will continue to make it even faster and more robust.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

The web gets better with more options and innovation. Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the web even better.

The new browser is eventually going to be multi platform, with Linux and Mac versions already underway. Google have produced a 38 page web comic, that aims to introduce and explain Chrome. A wiki has also been created which gives further details on the project.. You can also discuss the new browser here in our forums.

The Chrome Beta download link is not yet active at time of writing this article, but it will be placed on the official blog at some time today.