Google Chrome turns three
A post on the Official Google Blog has announced that September 1 measured the third anniversary of the launch of Chrome – the corporation's browser.
To celebrate, web design firms Hyperakt, Vizzuality, mgmt design and GOOD collaborated with the search engine giant to produce an interactive info-graphic based on HTML5 that details the history of web browsers, coding and online offerings from various parties.
It starts with the development of the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) and the implementation of hypertext markup language (HTML) back in the 1990s.
The introduction of web browsers follows on closely, with some well-known names such as Netscape and Internet Explorer, as well as the now-defunct Mosaic which received its last update in 1996.
The release of Safari by Apple and Mozilla Firefox are also recorded by the presentation, making their entry in 2003 and 2004 – many years after the development of the internet staples Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Adobe Flash.
Chrome was one of the first full programs offered by Google, with most of the previous products available only as cloud services accessed via live internet connections.
Independent tests of the most recent iterations of the high end browser have shown that it is capable of loading fresh content faster than its competitors – including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera.
Other reports have shown that Chrome 12 is well ahead of others in terms of being compatible with HTML5 – the new standard for web design that is due for full release some time in the next four years.
Google's decision to open-source the code for the browser enabled a community of developers to spring up around the offering, designing a vast array of third party add-ons, plugins and features designed to improve the experience.