March 18, 2009

Google Releases First Major Update For Chrome

Google is continuing efforts to establish itself in the web browser market by the release of a new version of its Chrome Web browser on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

It is the first large-scale update of Chrome since Google entered the browser business six months ago.

Google claims the new update will give users faster performance and several new features like auto-filling of personal information on online forms and a new way for users to drag around tabs of different Web pages within the browser window.

Market research firm Net Applications reported that Google was a distant No. 4 in the browser market, with a 1.2 percent share of the worldwide market in February.

The browser market has been dominated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which had a 67.4 percent market share in February, while the Mozilla foundation's Firefox browser had a roughly 22 percent share. Coming in with an 8 percent share was Apple's Safari.

Google officially joined the European Union's antitrust case against Microsoft last month, describing the browser market as "largely uncompetitive."

Microsoft was charged with abusing its dominant market position by bundling its Internet Explorer Web browser with its Windows personal computer operating system, the EU said.

The new Chrome beta loads certain types of Web pages 25 percent to 35 percent faster than the current version of the browser, according to a Tuesday post on Google's official blog.

Google has packaged all the updates together into a beta test version that is available for download.

A more polished and stable version of Chrome, based on the older beta version, is also available for download, Google said.


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