In a slash at Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer, whose eighth release is in the pipeline, Google Inc. (NYSE: GOOG) launched a new free Web browser today, named Chrome, that packs a lot of features into a small package. You can view Web pages independently; do searches quickly (and using engines other than Google, such as Amazon.com’s search) and run applications such as Flash more easily and with less memory constraints than traditional browsers such as I.E., Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Google is offering downloads of the Windows version now, while Mac users can sign up for a mailing list that’ll send word when that version is available. The news is so new that Google’s press release isn’t online yet, neither are there images from Google to show here. But Rafe Needleman of C-Net, a great reporter, has been live-blogging the event here, and his report has all that propeller-headed goodness baked in.
As for this reporter, I’ll download Chrome on a Windows PC tonight and have a review next Monday in “On Computers.” Pictures will show up here, i.e. in this blog, before then.