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Google’s Chrome and Web Design

September 2, 2008



You may have heard that Google just released its’ open source browser – Chrome. So, should web designers be freaking out about it?

Short answer: no.

Why not, you say … why not!?

Simply speaking, Chrome uses the same rendering engine that Safari, Adobe AIR, iPhone, and Android use. Something called ‘Web Kit’. So as web designers, we don’t have to worry about another annoying engine that can screw up our code.

What you should note, is that Chrome is really more about web applications and not web browsing. Google is basically taking aim at Microsoft Windows with this browser. They are positioning it as a platform to create software on.

This is something that Microsoft has been worrying about for years and I think it is one of the reasons why was MS has been slow to adopt the Web Standards.

… They did not want to help along what they considered to be their potential competition. They were right as it seems.

Again, as web designers we don’t have to worry too much about it. On the other hand, if you are an Adobe Air developer … here is your next competitor.

More about Chrome:

Google’s Chrome

Don’t get Hooked on Google Chrome Hype

Google Chrome: Steal this browser

The official Google blog on Chrome

Let the games continue!


Stefan Mischook