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Google Browser Sync is no longer available for download. Instead, to get similar functionality, we suggest using Mozilla Weave, Google Toolbar for Firefox, or Foxmarks. Support for current Google Browser Sync users will continue through 2008.


The browser war is back on.

This time, Microsoft’s opponent is Google, a familiar foe.

On Tuesday, Google will release a free Web browser called Chrome that the company said would challenge Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, as well as the Firefox browser.

In a curious twist, Google made its online announcement after its plans appeared as a digital “comic book” that was posted by Google, a Web site that tracks the Internet search giant. Google said it had accidentally sent the comic book to the blog.

The browser is a universal doorway to the Internet, and the use of Internet software and services is rapidly growing. Increasingly, the browser is the gateway to the Web on cellphones and other mobile devices, widening the utility of the Web and Web advertising. Google, analysts say, cannot let Microsoft’s dominant share of the browser market go without a direct challenge.

Google already competes with Microsoft in online search and Internet advertising. They both make operating software for cellphones. Google is increasingly competing with Microsoft head-on in software that handles basic productivity like word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail programs. Google has Web-based software in these markets that are low-cost or free alternatives to Microsoft’s lucrative desktop software.

Despite the frequent clashes with Microsoft — including the role Google played in thwarting an attempted acquisition of Yahoo — Google has only come out on top in search and search advertising. But Google does not have to win the browser war. Strategically, opening yet another front against Microsoft forces it to divert resources to defend franchises.

Now, Chrome heightens the rivalry and marks a shift of course for Google, which has strongly backed Firefox, the open-source browser that has gained about a fifth of the market against the dominant Internet Explorer.

Google’s browser project has been under way for more than a year, a person close to the company said.

In a brief statement, Microsoft welcomed the new entry and expressed confidence that people would prefer Explorer, which is on every Windows PC sold.

“The browser landscape is highly competitive,” said Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of the Internet Explorer group. “But people will choose Internet Explorer 8 for the way it puts the services they want right at their fingertips, respects their personal choices about how they want to browse and, more than any other browsing technology, puts them in control of their personal data online.”

Google has clashed with Microsoft before, saying it had designed IE to gain ground in search, a market where Google is the runaway leader.

After Microsoft introduced IE 7 in 2006, Google complained that the browser’s search box favored Microsoft’s search service. Microsoft responded and made modifications, and a U.S. judge overseeing the antitrust consent decree against Microsoft determined the browser design was not anticompetitive.

The first round of the browser wars in the 1990s led to a sweeping U.S. antitrust suit against Microsoft for the tactics it used to stifle competition from the commercial pioneer in browsing software, Netscape Communications. A U.S. appeals court ruled in 2001 that Microsoft had repeatedly violated the nation’s antitrust laws. Microsoft later reached a settlement with the Bush administration, which included some sanctions but left the company free to bundle browsing software with Windows, which runs more than 90 percent of all personal computers.

Microsoft recently stepped up its own browser development efforts, given the increasing importance of the browser and signs that Firefox is nibbling at its lead. Microsoft released a new version, IE8, last week to generally favorable reviews.

Microsoft still holds 73 percent of the browser market, according to Net Applications, a research firm. The market share for Firefox has climbed to 19 percent, while Apple’s Safari has 6 percent.

Chrome also puts Google in competition with an ally, Mozilla Corp., which manages the Firefox project. Just last week, Google renewed its deal with Mozilla. Under the arrangement, Google Search is the home page for Firefox and Google is its default search bar, and Google makes substantial payments to Mozilla. The agreement runs through November 2011.

Google’s cooperation with Mozilla, however friendly, meant that it was ceding control of the Internet’s vital gateway technology — and the dominant supplier of that technology is its rival, Microsoft.

Given the increasing importance of the browser and its widening competition with Microsoft, Google’s entry into the market is not surprising, said John Lilly, chief executive of Mozilla.

“It would be more surprising to me if Google didn’t do something in the browser space,” Lilly said. “After all, Google is 100 percent on the Web.”

The long awaited moment has finally arrived people. Google Chrome is available for download now. The news came after Google’s Press Conference which started today around 18:00 UTC. The rumors regarding the launch of this open source web browser had taken the World by storm today.

Fake sites had sprouted all over offering the so called browser with most just containing links to MP3s or trojans. The browser is said to be based on a radical new technology bringing an all new prespective to the life on the web. I will be posting my review on the first public beta soon so stay connected, and feel free to share your excitement below.

For quite some time now, Mozilla Firefox has been the web browser of choice in the desktop market. The open source browser is widely supported by a huge mass of developers and is known for its excellent extendability architecture. This fall however, the browser is going to meet its true match, and no its not Internet Explorer 8.

On September 1, 2008, leaked scans surfaced on the Internet of what appeared to be a comic book called Google on Google Chrome, drawn by Scott McCloud and released under the Creative Commons license. The comic showcased the Google Chrome team talking about the various features of the new web browser. The browser being designed with today’s sophisticated RIAs in mind, unlike the legacy browsers that we have grown so fond of. Its major features include it multi-process architecture, meaning that each component (including tabs and plugins) would run as a separate process, managed by the Chrome Process Manager.

The V8 JavaScript engine is probably one of the fastest JavaScript rendering technologies and it features a JavaScript compiler instead of an interpreter. Another major feature is its new UI, which will feature the Tab as the main component container, and acting as a parent to all other controls. Tabs would be fully detachable and would have an independent address space in memory.

Google has also stated that it would rather make an application with one less cool feature than to make an application that could break. The WebKit rendering engine being employed on the suggestion of the Android development team was also developed mostly by Google, Apple, and Nokia and is known for its simple and easy to use architecture. While the overall architecture of the browser makes it clear that it will need a bit more resources than the existing browsers, it also suggests that it would result in very much less memory clutter over time stopping persistent memory leaks as seen on Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Official word from Google on the browser is expected to come tomorrow, when the browser is expected to make its public beta debut. I’ll also be doing a report on the detailed features of the browser so stay in touch. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this new technology.