Cloud Computing: Google Touts Web Advances to Mark Chrome Browser's Third Birthday

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-09-12 Print this article Print


Born at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Mosaic surfaced in 1993 and laid the groundwork for technologies that make the Web easier to use. This includes the ability to display images in line with text instead of displaying images in a separate window. NCSA ceased developing and supporting the browser in 1997.
Few would disagree Google is the premier Web services company, offering the world's most popular search engine, the world's leading video Website in YouTube, a successful Webmail product in Gmail, and even a fledgling social network in Google+. Perhaps no effort cemented Google's presence as a Web giant than the Chrome Web browser, which the company launched Sept. 1, 2008. Just three years in, Chrome has 15.5 percent market share, according to Net Applications, and over 120 million users worldwide, according to Google's last count in May. The company's speedy V8 JavaScript parsing engine, paired with sandboxed tabs that limit crashes to one tab per failure and a user-friendly interface, have contributed to Chrome's rise. Google is also trying to move the needle forward for HTML5, the Web language standard that the search giant, Facebook and other native Web development companies are embracing to propel their applications forward. Google leveraged HTML5 to create offline access to its Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar applications last week. Using HTML5, Google also created this homage to the evolution of Web development over the past 15-plus years, spanning the Mosaic browser to Chrome. It also highlights crucial Web development technologies that make Web browser applications more appealing. This eWEEK slide show delivers a colorful journey through a brief history of browser development.

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