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03 September, 2008 - Published 12:08 GMT
Google launches web browser
The internet search company Google is launching a web browser designed to cope with new complex web programmes. The browser, called Google Chrome, will challenge Microsoft Internet Explorer which has so far dominated the market. Rory Cellan-Jones reports:
The first thing millions of people do after starting their computer is to open a browser, the piece of software which enables you to surf the web. And in most cases, that browser will be Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Now though Google is launching its alternative, called Chrome.
Ten years after it was born, Google dominates the business of searching the web and is moving its software into new areas, such as mobile phones. It's claiming that its new browser will give web users a faster and more reliable way of visiting websites which now feature all sorts of multi-media content.
In recent years, new browsers, such as Firefox and Safari, have begun to make an impact but Internet Explorer still has about three quarters of the market. Google has shown it can beat Microsoft in a number of areas; changing the ingrained habits of millions of web users will be quite a challenge.
Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC
launching its alternative
moving its software into new areas
feature all sorts of multi-media content
to make an impact
changing the ingrained habits
quite a challenge
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