Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. It was released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008. As of September 2012, according to StatCounter, Google Chrome had 34% worldwide usage share of web browsers making it the most widely used web browser. W3Counter indicated that Chrome became the leading browser globally in August 2012 with 28% marketshare. However, Net Applications indicates that Chrome is only third when it comes to the size of its user base, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox.
In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome’s source code as an open source project called Chromium, which Chrome releases are still based on.
Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt opposed the development of an independent web browser for six years. He stated that “at the time, Google was a small company”, and he did not want to go through “bruising…

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