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    • rtwPaul

      Before chrome would you have arguments with your computer running windows explorer?

      Google first released its Chrome browser 10 years ago today. Marketed as a “fresh take on the browser,” Chrome debuted with a web comic from Google to mark the company’s first web browser. It was originally launched as a Windows-only beta app before making its way to Linux and macOS more than a year later in 2009. Chrome debuted at a time when developers and internet users were growing frustrated with Internet Explorer, and Firefox had been steadily building momentum.

      Google used components from Apple’s WebKit rendering engine and Mozilla’s Firefox to help bring Chrome to life, and it made all of Chrome’s source code available openly as its Chromium project. Chrome focused on web standards and respected HTML5, and it even passed both the Acid1 and Acid2 tests at the time of its release. This was a significant step as Microsoft was struggling to adhere to open web standards with its Internet Explorer browser.

      Another significant part of Chrome’s first release was the idea of “sandboxing” individual browser tabs so that if one crashed it wouldn’t affect the others. This helped improve the speed and stability of Chrome in general, alongside Google’s V8 JavaScript engine that the company constantly tweaked to try and push the web forwards.

      After a decade of Chrome, this browser now dominates as the primary way most people browse the web. Chrome has secured more than 60 percent of browser market share on desktop, and Google’s Chrome engineers continue to improve it with new features and push the latest web standards. Chrome has morphed into more than just a web browser, and you could argue it’s an entire platform that now runs on top of Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and even iOS.


      Chrome now powers Chrome OS, Google’s lightweight operating system for laptops and now tablets. While it might not be totally ready for tablets just yet, Google has been bringing Android apps over to Chrome OS to make its Chromebooks and tablets more useful. Even fully-fledged Linux apps are coming to Chrome OS in the near future, and Chrome is helping push progressive web apps to make web apps a lot better. Chrome hasn’t seen a major redesign in years, but a Material Design Refresh is heading to the browser this month.

      Chrome’s future now looks more and more like a platform rather than its humble beginnings as a web browser. There are concerns Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6due to its dominance among web developers, and Google’s “works best with Chrome” messaging. As Google engineers continue to steer the very latest web standards and push them into Chrome, other browser makers will need to catch up or be left behind by Google’s rapid iteration. It certainly feels like Chrome has been here a lot longer than 10 years, though. If browsers turned into platforms in just a decade, how might they morph over the next 10 years?

    • Chris

      Here in the Silicon Valley we're pretty flabbergasted at how Google was able to enter established markets way late like they did with Gmail and Chrome. I know a key player on the Chrome team because he once worked at SmugMug as an engineer. Very talented.

      Paul Buchheit, the lead engineer for Gmail, explained it by writing a blog post: if your product is great, it doesn't need to be good. That post has been the inspiration for other hit products like Slack. For some reason, Google hasn't been able to do it for social media.

    • rtwPaul

      Funny you say that I have a friend at Google who was one of the leads on G+, in 2011 he told me about it right before the release and how it was going to put all othersocial networks out of business...still waiting!

    • vegasphotog

      I had posted this interesting article on my company Facebook page last week.....Remembering IE's dominance seems like a 1000 years ago. - https://alistapart.com/article/the-slow-death-of-internet-explorer-and-future-of-progressive-enhancement

      Because they are independant of the dominant big brothers, I have been a primary user of Mozilla products - Firefox and Thunderbird. Sometimes it still seems like I bought a car without power windows.....but, I use FF as my primary web browser window and then on another monitor I use Chrome for when I am doing web dev.

      Mozilla has received a decent amount of funding over the years but I have no idea why they have chosen to not expand their services. Also, I am curious why Jeff Bezos has not dropped a few mill on an Amazon browser like he did with "those phones"....

      All I know which is not much is it seems whatever division under Google that figures out how to best monetize the product that enhances their advertising analytics wins. Which also leaves me equally befuddled why they cannot deliver a reasonable social media alternative to Facebook.

    • wx

      I waffle on Chrome. I was using Firefox when Chrome came out. I tried Chrome but left it. I'm not a technical person, but it seemed to be a resource hog and glitchy. Prone to crashing. At the time, I wasn't on old machines, either.

      I use both now, but still drift towards Firefox, to be honest. I will say that Chrome does a better job with streaming, though. Not sure why. (I'm on a Mac and have never liked Safari. Didn't like IE on PCs either.)

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