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Google Chrome is a web browser that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. It was first released for Microsoft Windows in September 2008. The public stable release was in December 2008.

In the beginning of 2010, Chrome was the third most widely used browser, almost 10 percent of worldwide usage share of web browsers.

Google released most of Chrome's source code, including its JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium. This enabled third-party developers to help port the browser to Linux and Mac OS X.

One of the key features of Google Chrome, is how it handles JavaScript. There are some who completely distance themselves from the code engine, but the fact is it's here, it's continually being implemented in applications, and it is continually evolving.

Google approaches JavaScript by isolating the threads of each individual application. What this means for you, is less downtime while surfing, and less crashing.

Chrome's most notable features:

  • Quicker website loading
  • More effective use of internet history bookmarks
  • More independent browsing with multiple tabs
  • An overall cleaner, less cluttered browser
  • Incognito surfing for temporary deletion of cookies and history from Google Chrome's own history