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Google sets off Internet browser war

Google launches its own internet browser, Google Chrome, in a new challenge to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. The Chrome browser was announced in a Google blog.

tech reviews Updated: Sep 02, 2008 18:19 IST

Google launches its own internet browser, Google Chrome, in a new challenge to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox on Tuesday.

The Chrome browser, designed to cope with the next generation of graphics and multimedia dominated web applications, was announced in a Google blog on Monday.

It will launch initially for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

"We realised ... We needed to completely rethink the browser," Google's Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.

The application can be downloaded for free and its code will be open source so no rights will have to be paid by anyone using or adapting the software.

Chrome is Google's latest weapon in its bid to become the leader in all Internet areas. The latest major browser war was won by Microsoft when it won the battle for dominance in the 1990s against Netscape Navigator.

According to various estimates, Internet Explorer, which is the default browser on computers with Windows operating systems, is used by between 60 and 80 per cent of Internet users around the world, with Mozilla Firefox a long way back in second place.