Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback

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First of all Happy Birthday Chrome.! Wishing you a successful journey ahead and keep growing icon smile Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback It was on same day when Google first released its much awaited web browser. Google released first Chrome beta version for Microsoft Windows on 2 September 2008.

The name Google Chrome is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or “chrome”, of web browsers.

Before Chrome came in to existence the main players where Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox. It was the time when Google has just started expanding its market in other fields than search engine. But the release of yet another best product Chrome by Google surprised everyone with its cool GUI.

Join with us to go through the great journey Google’s Chrome web browser,

For six years, Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt was against the idea of building an independent web browser. He stated that “At the time, Google was a small company,” and he didn’t want to go through “bruising browser wars”. However, after co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired several Firefox developers and built a demonstration of Chrome, Mr. Schmidt admitted that “It was so good that it essentially forced me to change my mind.”

The browser was first publicly released for Microsoft Windows (XP and later only) on 2 September 2008 in 43 languages, officially a beta version. Chrome quickly gained about 1% market share despite being only available for Microsoft Windows.

Google official Blog article about on 1 sept 2008 said,

At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends — all using a browser…. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries..

Tech tip: Have you heard of Google Chrome’s comic book?? Check out here!

Well the Google has released many build versions, canary builds, development releases, beta versions and many more! We are not going through all those. Here are the top beta and final versions which showed some important changes.

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Release Date: 02 September 2008

Well this was the first beta released which went on hit the browsers war. Google released Chrome version 0.2.149 went online and many users downloaded as well. Chrome claimed 1% of browsers market on its first release.

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.

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Release Date: 29 October 2008

Chrome’s first beta release initially claimed 1% market share for sure, but right next month Google noticed the dip in share by 0.4%. Reason was crystal clear and Google made changes and released next version on 29 October 2008.

Google improved plugin performance and reliability. Spell checking for input fields. Improved web proxy performance and reliability. Tab and window management updates on version 0.3.154.

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Release Date: 11 December 2008

It was first stable release by Chrome. Chrome’s market went up to 1.38% and Google seem to be happy icon wink Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback

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Release Date: 24 July 2009

Google Chrome version 2.0.172 saw a totally change over when compared to its previous releases. This time Chrome showed 35% faster JavaScript on the SunSpider benchmark, Mouse wheel support, Full-screen mode, Full-page zoom. First time user found form auto fill feature. Users were able to sort bookmarks by title. Tab docking to browser and desktop edges. Basic Greasemonkey support.

Tech tip: By the end of August 2009 Chrome took over the 3rd best web browser title from Opera.

Release Date: 12 October 2009

After becoming the third most used browser Google started comparing Chrome with Firefox and IE. There was still many things left out to compete them. Chrome 3.0.195 got new “new tab” page for improved customization. 25% faster JavaScript. HTML5 video and audio tag support. For a first time Google gave opportunity for its users to add themes for Chrome.

Tech tip: By the end of November 2009, Chrome got the still stronger market share of 4.66%.

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Release Date: 25 January 2010

This time Google started comparing with Firefox and made big changes in Chrome. Chrome 4.0.249 improved HTML5 support and performance improvements. For a first time Chrome showed 100% ACID3 pass result. As Firefox, Chrome also started supporting addons / extensions. All attracted still more users and market share went up to 7% by March end.

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Release Date: 25 May 2010

Just 4 months and Google is back with new version again. Google released Chrome 5 to Linux and Mac as well. Chrome 5 included many things like Geolocation APIs, Application Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop. Google included Adobe flash player and revamped bookmark manager as well in Chrome 5.

Tech tip: Chrome market share crossed 9% and became more stronger icon wink Google Chrome Turns 2 : A Brief Flashback

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Release Date: 25 May 2010

Well we all know just 2 weeks back only we all saw the Chrome 6. Chrome 6 can be called as one of the best release by Google. There are lot of Changes and we also noted 15 ultimate changes in Chrome 6.

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Release Date: 25 August 2010

Chrome 7 still under development stage. Google team is working on GPU acceleration on Chrome browser to compete with Inter Explorer 9 and Firefox 4. This is the very good move by Chromium team to add the only missing feature in Chrome when compared with others. We saw there were 7 notable changes in chrome / chromium 7. We still don’t know when the final and stable release will be out in market.


Google released many products in past few years and Chrome is also one among them. But rather than any other product after its best search engine, Google Chrome showed good growth. Google Chrome has changed web browsers market share and the growth is tremendous.

Google has drawn a new strategy in new Chrome version releases. From now, every 6 weeks we will see new version of Chrome which clearly tells we will get Chrome 7 and 8 by this end. But only question is till when Google will use this plan?

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer Turns 15 Today!

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Before starting with article first Tech18 would like to wish “Many Many Happy Returns” of the day to “Internet Explorer”. Internet Explorer from its birth has changed the web world in many ways with every release of new versions. It is one of the best product by Microsoft and still having a strong share in world.

Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer; abbreviated to MSIE or more commonly, IE), is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995.

The journey of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer started on August 16th, 1995 with its first version. Internet Explorer has gone through very difficult phases in its journey. It has got lot of rivalry browsers like Mozilla’s Firefox and Google Chrome. As we explained in previous article, Firefox is giving tough competition to IE in Europe. But still IE is having great share in whole world and comfortably sitting on top.

On this occasion we would like to give a brief note about the birthday product Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 1

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Debut date: August 16, 1995

Internet Explorer 1 is a graphical web browser debuted from Microsoft. It was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft had licensed, like many other companies initiating browser development, from Spyglass Inc.

Internet Explorer 1.5 was released several months later for Windows NT and added support for basic table rendering.

Tech Tip: Mosaic was developed by a team led by Marc Andreesen, who would go on to found Netscape.

Internet Explorer 2

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Debut date: November 22, 1995

Internet Explorer 2.0 version supported double-byte character-set. It lacked many features that became common in later IE versions, including the Blue ‘e’ logo, integration with Windows Explorer, and bundled programs. Its market share was also much lower than later versions.

Internet Explorer 3

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Debut date: August 13, 1996

Internet Explorer 3 was the first commercial browser with Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) support. It also introduced support for ActiveX controls, Java applets, inline multimedia, and the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) system for content metadata. Version 3 also came bundled with Internet Mail and News and NetMeeting.

In 1996 Microsoft said of its new browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 adds many new features which are great for HTML authors and demonstrates our accelerating commitment to W3C HTML standards.”

Internet Explorer 4

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Debut date: September 1997

Internet Explorer 4 deepened the level of integration between the web browser and the underlying operating system. Internet Explorer 4 introduced support for Group Policy, allowing companies to configure and lock down many aspects of the browser’s configuration. Internet Mail and News was replaced with Outlook Express, and Microsoft Chat and an improved NetMeeting were also included. This version also was included with Windows 98.

Tech tip: With IE4, Microsoft established the concept of given beta software icon smile Microsoft's Internet Explorer Turns 15 Today! The Internet Explorer 4 Beta was released in April 1997.

Internet Explorer 5

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Debut date: March 18, 1999

Internet Explorer 5 bundled with Office 2000, was another significant release that supported bi-directional text, ruby characters, XML, XSLT, and the ability to save web pages in MHTML format. IE5 was bundled with Outlook Express 5.

Internet Explorer 5.01, a bug fix version, was released in December 1999. Windows 2000 includes this version. Internet Explorer 5.5 followed in July 2000, improving its print preview capabilities, CSS and HTML standards support, and developer APIs.

IE5 was one of the main participants of the first Browser war. Internet Explorer 5 attained over 50% market share by early 2000, taking the lead over other browser versions including IE4 and Netscape.

Tech Tip: Microsoft spent over 100 million dollars a year in the late 1990s, with over 1000 people working on IE by 1999 during the development of IE5.

Internet Explorer 6

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Debut date: August 27, 2001

Internet Explorer 6 included DHTML enhancements, content restricted inline frames, and partial support of CSS level 1, DOM level 1, and SMIL 2.0. The MSXML engine was also updated to version 3.0. Other new features included a new version of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK), Media bar, Windows Messenger integration, fault collection, automatic image resizing, P3P, and a new look-and-feel that was in line with the Luna visual style of Windows XP, when used in Windows XP.

Internet Explorer 6 was released a few months before Windows XP. There was little change in IE’s market share for several years, until Mozilla Firefox was released and gradually began to gain popularity.

Tech tip: At its peak in 2002 and 2003, IE6 attained a total market share of nearly 90%, with all versions of IE combined reaching 95%.

Internet Explorer 7

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Debut date: October 18, 2006

Internet Explorer 7 included bug fixes, enhancements to its support for web standards, tabbed browsing with tab preview and management, a multiple-engine search box, a web feeds reader, Internationalized Domain Name support (IDN), Extended Validation Certificate support, and anti-phishing filter.

Tech tip: by mid-2008, Internet Explorer 7 market share exceeded that of Internet Explorer 6 in a number of regions.

Internet Explorer 8

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Debut date: March 19, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 spent more than one year in beta phase only. On March 5, 2008, the first public beta (Beta 1) was released to the general public. On August 27, 2008, the second public beta (Beta 2) was released.

Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support are Microsoft’s priorities for IE8. It includes much stricter compliance with web standards, including a planned full Cascading Style Sheets 2.1 compliance for the release version. All these changes allow Internet Explorer 8 to pass the Acid2 test. However, to prevent compatibility issues, IE8 also includes the IE7 rendering behavior.

Tech tip: right after IE8 release, it took over huge market share from predecessors. Currently the market share of IE8 is 30% compared to IE7’s 14%.

Internet Explorer 9

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Debut date: September 15, 2010 (proposed date)

Microsoft is all set to release its best ever browser which includes all the features exactly after one month. From past 6 months Microsoft released 4 platform preview versions to test IE9.

IE9 will have complete or nearly complete support for all CSS 3 selectors, border-radius CSS 3 property, faster JavaScript. IE9 will feature hardware-accelerated graphics rendering using Direct2D, hardware accelerated text rendering using DirectWrite, hardware accelerated video rendering using Media Foundation, imaging support provided by Windows Imaging Component, and high fidelity printing powered by the XPS print pipeline.

Tech tip: Unfortunately IE9 is not supportable to Windows XP, as Microsoft decided to stop supporting XP.


In its journey of 15 years, Microsoft has released 8 versions of Internet Explorer and and the latest version is ready to come out in beta version soon. The current big release is ready to acquire the market share again.

Keeping all the rival browsers in mind, that too most importantly Firefox 4 and Chrome 6, Microsoft changed many things in IE9.

Current Status:

  1. Google Chrome 6 beta released on 12th August
  2. Firefox 4 beta 3 released on 12th August

Chrome 6 final, Firefox 4 beta 4,5 and IE9 first beta are ready to release next month.

Well this is all we have got for now icon smile Microsoft's Internet Explorer Turns 15 Today! Finally, Happy Birthday Internet Explorer. May you have a great year ahead icon smile Microsoft's Internet Explorer Turns 15 Today! Time to hit comment box now and express what you feel about IE icon smile Microsoft's Internet Explorer Turns 15 Today! Cheers icon wink Microsoft's Internet Explorer Turns 15 Today!


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Windows 8 – “Completely Different” and “Mind-Blowing”

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Hi everyone. Today i was just going through windows new products and i found something very interesting. I started digging up in deep and collect many things which i am going to share here today.

Title would have already given hint what i am speaking about. But read ahead to know more.

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