Google Chrome is #2 in Top 12 Web Browsers
Last updated: May 26, 2020
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Deploy and manage Chrome for your organization.
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#2 in Top 12 Web Browsers
The best alternatives to Google Chrome are: Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera
Latest news about Google Chrome
2020. Google Chrome update brings better tab management, QR codes, plus performance improvements
Google is making Chrome’s tabs and its newer tab groups easier and quicker to use. Under-the-hood, it promises improvements that will deliver up to 10% faster page loads and those that will reduce the impact of having idle background tabs. Chrome will now users to collapse and expand their tab groups, so you can focus on the ones you need to access right now. The new QR code feature will make its way to Chrome on the desktop, and will be accessible from a new QR code icon in the Chrome address bar. Google will also begin to roll out what will likely be a very popular new feature in this latest release — the ability to fill out and save PDF forms directly from Chrome.
2020. Google Chrome now allows to organize tabs to groups
Google Chrome is rolling out a new feature to help you better manage all your open tabs. Tab groups will allow you to organize, label and even color-code your tabs for easy access. To use the new feature, you can right-click on a tab and choose “Add tab to group.” You can then select an existing group to move the tab to or create a new one, which you’ll also name and label. Another new feature allows Chrome browser to bloack ads that drain your device’s battery life or needlessly consume your internet’s bandwidth.
2018. Google Chrome gets a fresh look, better omnibox, and more
Google Chrome is rolling out a revamped design and a slew of new features, including a more powerful omnibox. Now it has more rounded corners and a new color palette. The shape of the tabs makes site favicons easier to see so you can navigate them better. And on iOS, where Chrome has been sorely neglected for a long while, the toolbar finally goes to the right place — the bottom of the screen, closer to where your thumbs are. There are new customization features, too. For the "new tab" screen, you can easily change the background image as well as the site suggestions. Autocomplete gets a overdue upgrade: you'll see favicons of sites in the drop-down, and Chrome will now show answers to some queries right in the autocomplete list, even before you hit Return.
2018. Microsoft improves anti-phishing skills of Edge competitor - Google Chrome
Microsoft has ceded a major asset of its Edge browser to rival Google by releasing an add-on that boosts Chrome's phishing detection skills. Dubbed "Windows Defender Browser Protection" (WDBP) the free extension can be added to Chrome on Windows or macOS, and after a post-launch fix, Chrome OS as well. Like the defenses built into Edge, the add-on relies on Microsoft's SmartScreen technology that warns users of potentially malicious websites that may try to download malware to the machine or of sites linked in email messages that lead to known phishing URLs.
2017. Google launched Chrome Enterprise Bundle
Google is making it easier for IT admins to deploy and manage its Chrome browser in their businesses. The new Chrome Enterprise Bundle gives admins a single installer for the Chrome browser, the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension for running the occasional ActiveX widget and a number of administrative policy templates. Google’s browser now also offers official support for Citrix’s XenApp virtualization platform and Windows Server with Terminal services. With this update, it’ll become easier for IT admins to deploy Chrome in their organizations.
2015. Google to stop supporting Chrome for Windows XP and Vista
Google announced the end of Chrome support for Windows XP. Starting April 2016, users who still use Chrome on XP will no longer get updates and security fixes. Ending XP support is not a massive surprise, but as Google also announced today, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. will also no longer be supported “since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple.” Google, Microsoft and others have long continued to support their software on some of these old platforms long beyond their useful life because they often became vectors for viruses and malware — and with unpatched versions of Chrome or Internet Explorer running on them, they would have become even more dangerous.
2013. Google invented desktop-apps. Inbuilt own Start button into Windows
Today marks the 5th birthday of Google Chrome, and today's Google's blog post is started with the words that 5 years ago "we started Chrome-project to push the Web platform forward" ... blah-blah-blah. And then they announce the new achievement of this Web-platform - desktop applications. From now the Chrome browser for Windows and Chrome OS support applications that run completely on the desktop, offline, without the need of Internet connections. For these apps, the separate section was created in the Chrome App Store. In addition, Google unveils the Chrome App Launcher for Windows - a button on the taskbar, that opens the list of installed Chrome-apps (just like the regular Start button), and the apps launched from this list open not in the Web-browser, but in the own window, like regular Windows programs. So, in fact Google doesn't care, Web or not Web. They just want to replace Windows to Chrome on your computers.
2012. New Chromebooks: 100% faster, 0% cheaper
The main idea behind Google Chromebooks and ChromeOS was something like this: "If computer is mainly used to work in browser, why not make a simple, reliable and cheap computer, which runs just browser?". Unfortunately, Google hasn't brought this experiment to the end. No, Google Chromebooks project is not closed. On the contrary, yesterday Google and Samsung presented the new Chromebook model. But the project went far aside from the initial idea. Somewhy, Google and Samsung haven't make Chromebooks cheap. The new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook costs from $449. So the question is: Why buy Chromebook that has only browser if almost for the same money you can buy a Windows-laptop with all the bells and whistles? And you know how Google responds to this question? Here's how. If you look at the new Chromebook, you'll see that it is very similar to ... Windows-laptop. Starting from the desktop interface, that now looks like Windows and allows to open multiple windows: But the front end - is only the beginning. The fact is that ChromeOS - is no longer just a browser. Long ago Google invented Chrome Web Store and the idea to INSTALL web-applications on ChromeOS. And Web-developers had to adopt their web-applications for Chrome. Quite strange idea for a Web-browser. And then ChromeOS started adding non-browser features: file manager, built-in media player, photo editor, the terminal client. And Google says that in a month ChromeOS will enable to view and edit almost any document offline. Thanks to the hardware upgrade and operating system optimization, new Chromebooks work 2 times faster than the previous models. So a Web application on Chromebooks runs as fast as a desktop application on Windows. Thus, Chromebooks are not really cheap computers with browser, but regular computers at the regular price, that are just slightly different from the Windows-computers. Moreover, the difference will be diminished soon, because Windows goes to the Cloud, and ChromeOS - in the opposite direction. For example, the basic file manager in Windows 8 will be SkyDrive, and in ChromeOS - Google Drive. And Microsoft should look out. Especially since ChromeOS - is no more just 12-inch netbooks. Together with the new Chromebook, Samsung unveiled ChromeBox - a console intended to replace an ordinary desktop computer. It's priced not much cheaper than a regular Windows-desktop (from $329). But it's not important any more. Google hopes that soon it will be no difference - to buy a Windows-computer or ChromeOS-computer.
2012. Chrome hits Android
As you know, Google develops two operating systems (with competing philosophy): Android (focused on native apps) and Chrome OS (focused on web-apps and browser). And even Google's management could never explain which of these philosophies corresponds to their strategy. Moreover, Android and Chrome are developed in the company by two separate teams which are competing with each other rather than collaborating. Today's news informs that the Chrome team managed to strike the opponent. Chrome browser is now available on Android. However, only on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Judging by the first reviews, the speed and usability of the mobile Chrome - is very cool. But it doesn't support flash. So the future OS forecast shifts towards the web-based apps based on HTML5.