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Google Chrome

Google Chrome
Google Chrome displaying its Wikipedia article
NameGoogle Chrome
CaptionGoogle Chrome displaying its Wikipedia article
DeveloperGoogle Inc.
ReleasedSeptember 2, 2008(age 8)
Frequently Updatedyes
Operating SystemLinux
Mac OS X (10.5 and later, Intel only)
Microsoft Windows (XP SP2 and later)
EngineWebKit (based on KHTML)
Language50 languages
Programming LanguageC++, Assembly, Python, JavaScript
StatusActive
GenreWeb browser
LicenseService;
WebKit: BSD/LGPL;
V8: BSD

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Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and the public stable release was on December 11, 2008. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers. As of August 2011, Chrome is the third most widely used browser with 23.16% worldwide usage share of web browsers, according to StatCounter.

In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source code, including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium. This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying source code and to help port the browser to the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Google also expressed hope that other browsers would adopt V8 to improve web application performance. The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license, which allows portions to be incorporated into both open source and closed source software programs. Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open source licenses. Chromium implements a similar feature set as Chrome, but lacks built-in automatic updates, built-in PDF reader and Google branding, and most noticeably has a blue-colored logo in place of the multicolored Google logo.


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