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Google’s Chrome Browser: What You Need to Know

Google’s Chrome Browser: What You Need to Know

The Beta Download: Available September 2, 2008
Google’s Chrome Browser is not only real, it’s almost available to users for download. According to the Google Blog Chrome will become available for download tomorrow morning in more than 100 countries. The Beta launch of Chrome was announced in an official blog post called A fresh take on the browser.

Wait – Where’s the Download?
(Added by author) It’s the morning of Tuesday September 2, and the download remains unavailable. We’ll keep an eye out, but if you want to refresh like crazy, be sure to visit Google’s Chrome page (currently redirecting to that resides under Google Gears.

An Attack on Microsoft?
Google Chrome Browser ScreenshotsAs the search industry merges with the technology industry, I want to echo sentiments that Dow Jones’ Kara Swisher expressed on her blog.

I received an email from one of Kara’s colleagues, Christine Mohan, with this quote as well, who alerted me to Kara’s post.

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“Sources told me definitively Google will launch the browser–which is its most blatant attack on Microsoft yet–as early as tomorrow for download by consumers.”

Christine Mohan emailed me after I posted an article earlier today called Google Chrome, Google’s Web Browser: Is it Real?

Well, yes. It is real – and in the hours since my post went live here on Search Engine Journal, a number of other media outlets ran with the story, accumulating more facts and traction along the way. A short while ago, Arnold Zafra posted on the official announcement of Chrome here on SEJ as well.

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The Death of the Rumors
When I posted earlier today, Chrome was simply a pile of rumors. And, rumors are just that. Once the media outlets began running with the story, I suspect that Google felt some pressure to get their blog updated. Now, I say that half joking – because let’s face the facts… Mailing out comic books to influential technology authors is hardly an accident.

Here are some of the more prominent stories I’ve come across on the announcement of Chrome:

Screenshots of Google Chrome
Techcrunch published some screenshots of Google Chrome earlier today…

Google Chrome Browser ScreenshotsWhat’s Next?
There will certainly be a frenzy surrounding Chrome on Tuesday morning once everyone begins their Beta downloads and users begin to experience Chrome first hand. In the meantime, stay tuned to Search Engine Journal and other media outlets for more information.


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