From a simplified perspective, the story of massive internet tech company Google can be considered as a what-if of the story of Yahoo! if it had remained successful and relevant. Google did similarly start off with an online search engine in 1997. Then like Yahoo!, Google began offering free ad-supported e-mail service in 2004 with Gmail. But where Yahoo! stumbled as a prominent victim of the “dot-com bubble” and declined on the net, Google surged forward, especially when it launched its own web browser, Chrome, in September 2008. You guessed right; this year is the tenth anniversary of Google Chrome.
As The Verge tells it, Google is celebrating the first decade of their Chrome browser in style. After all, from its cobbling together of software components from Apple and Mozilla, they created a browser that, as of its latest versions this 2018, is now the king of internet surfing tools with a 60 percent market share value against the likes of Firefox, Edge, and the like. Even better, it was from Chrome that Google developed its own Chrome OS for laptops, and soon, mobile tablets. Meanwhile, the main browser itself is due for big changes with a “Material Design Refresh”.
Google itself could barely contain its glee at something new it means to introduce with Chrome. They posted a celebratory image on Twitter that not so subtly hinted at a major surprise to loyal users of their 10-year-old browser, one that will be revealed this Tuesday, September 4. The smartest bet among speculators is that it will be the lion’s share of the Material Design Refresh makeover that has been steadily creeping up for Chrome and its interface over the past few months. Along with the expected graphics overhaul are new password protections and settings regarding much-maligned Adobe Flash Player.
The first iteration of Google Chrome was released to internet users in September 2, 2008 and was introduced by means of a web cartoon explaining what they hoped to work out with this new browser. One of Chrome’s defining features in its early years was the “sandbox” ability of browser tabs. Other browsers of the time have introduced tabs for multiple website surfing, but Chrome made it so that an online crash on one tab would not shut down the whole thing. Chrome was thus hailed as a pillar of browsing speed and stability, even as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer faded.
While detractors may be raising alarms over perceived efforts by Google to make everything online “work best with Chrome”, faithful users of the browser pay them no heed, and are joining Google in wishing this ubiquitous browser Happy 10th Anniversary.
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