The Google Name
Over the past several years, it seems as if Google has had their hands in everything on the Web. From boasting the number one search engine to offering a browser-based Office suite, the company's name resonates in many circles. Even the verb "google" has gained enough legitimacy to find its way onto the pages of Merriam-Webster's dictionary.
As Web browsers continued to gain more notoriety, due in part to heightened competition and notable advances in functionality, it seemed like the next logical move for the search giant would be to get in on the action. Rumors of a Google browser bounced around the blogosphere for quite some time. However, the company remained tight-lipped about the subject until late August of this year. The industry was abuzz as word of an imminent release began to spread. Just a few days later, on September 2, a beta version of Google Chrome was made available for download.
Initial reactions were mostly positive, as was my own personal assessment. Chrome was simple yet fast, and its future potential was clearly evident from the get-go. Things weren't all rosy, though, as security problems surfaced early on. Nevertheless, Chrome was already making its mark and the people were definitely talking.
During the following months Google listened intently to public feedback, adding enhancements and fixing defects. Even though the browser was still in a testing stage, its market share began to increase at a fairly impressive rate. Just a few weeks ago, on December 11, Chrome was finally stripped of its beta tag and became an official browser release. Things still aren't perfect, as evidenced by an update released just days after the fact. However, Chrome is definitely headed in the right direction and is sure to be a major player in the Web browser market for years to come.